thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these
things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes;
yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.
THE EQUAL MEASURE MAXIM
By Edgar Jones
Three maxims of Jesus were
defined in an earlier paper posted on this site. These are the
Inversion Maxim, the ID Maxim and the Either/Or Maxim. Here we focus
on yet a fourth such maxim. These all are basic to the Gospel according
to Jesus, and having them before us provides wonderful insight into the
meaning of his message. The name of this maxim comes from these
utterances of the Lord:
 Judge not, that you be
 For with the judgment you pronounce you will
be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure
 And he said to them, Take heed what you hear;
you give will be the measure you
get, and still more will be given you.
 And as you wish that men would do to you, do
so to them.
 "If you love those who love you, what credit
is that to you? For even sinners love those who love them.
 And if you do good to those who do good to you,
what credit is that to you? For even sinners do the same.
 And if you lend to those from whom you hope to
receive, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners,
to receive as much again.
 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend,
expecting nothing in return; and your reward
will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High; for he
is kind to the ungrateful and the selfish.
 Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful.
 "Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn
not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven;
give, and it will be given to you; good measure,
pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your
lap. For the measure you give will be the measure
you get back."
The applications of this maxim are seen throughout the gospels.
Here we simply list them, including the ones indicated in the
For with the judgment you pronounce
you will be judged.
Jesus gave an extended parable to illustrate the last one
of these applications. We present it here so that you can determine
the impact of forgiveness on the matter of forgiveness of sin and obtaining
2. Condemning Condemn
not, and you will not be condemned
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Give, and it
will be given to you.
Forgive, and you will be forgiven.
 Therefore the kingdom of heaven may be compared
to a king who wished to settle accounts with his servants.
When he began the reckoning, one was brought to him who owed him ten
and as he could not pay, his lord ordered him to be sold, with his wife
and children and all that he had, and payment to be made.
So the servant fell on his knees, imploring him, `Lord, have patience
with me, and I will pay you everything.'
And out of pity for him the lord of that servant released him and forgave
him the debt.
But that same servant, as he went out, came upon one of his fellow servants
who owed him a hundred denarii; and seizing him by the throat he said,
`Pay what you owe.'
So his fellow servant fell down and besought him, `Have patience with
me, and I will pay you.'
He refused and went and put him in prison till he should pay the debt.
When his fellow servants saw what had taken place, they were greatly
distressed, and they went and reported to their lord all that had taken
Then his lord summoned him and said to him, `You wicked servant! I forgave
you all that debt because you besought me;
and should not you have had mercy on your fellow servant, as I had mercy
And in anger his lord delivered him to the jailers, till he should pay
all his debt.
also my heavenly Father will do to every one of you, if you do not forgive
your brother from your heart.
Or, as the maxim clearly states,
When Do We Get It?
measure you give will be the measure you get.
The contexts indicates that now, in this life, is when we must
give it. They also clarify when we will get it. It is not promised
now, to this present life in time. It is promised for the life eternal
in the Father's house. That is the place for conferring all the
rewards the Father has promised to those who, by their judging, condemning,
mercy, giving, and forgiving, have shown themselves to be "the children
of the Most High." The Father, of course, forgives us the moment
we repent, but the full realization of this forgiveness comes not until the
Last Day and the entry into the Father's house.
 But love your enemies, and do good, and lend,
expecting nothing in return; and your reward will be great, and you
will be sons of the Most High; for he is kind to the ungrateful and
Mark 10:30 is a seeming exception, because it promises not an "equal
measure" but "a hundredfold" and the latter is promised, not for life eternal
in the Father's house but to now in this time.
This is a special case that applies to all who have forsaken house
and family for Jesus and his kingdom. The hundredfold consists of brothers
and sisters in the Lord and of their lands and possessions that become shared
property of all the children of the Father. The downside of this is
that it comes with persecutions. This does not define a reward that comes by the Equal Measure
Maxim. It defines the new set of relationships in this world that
results from becoming sons
of the Most High. But when Jesus continues by saying, and in the age to come eternal life, he
again points to rewards in the Father's House and the application of the
Equal Measure Maxim. The application of this maxim is limited
to those things specifically specified by Jesus, that include the five listed
above: Judging, condemning, mercy, giving, and forgiving. It does
not apply to the act of leaving, or forsaking, home and
family. The maxim that applies in this special case is the Hundredfold
Maxim of Mark 10:30.
 You lack one thing; go, sell what you have, and give to
the poor, and you will have treasure
in heaven; and come, follow me.
 . . . who will not receive a hundredfold now in
this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and
lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life.
The Equal Measure Maxim is a regulating principle of the kingdom
of God. The above shows how if finds application in a variety of
ways. Some applications pop out without being specified as such. The
Fifth Beatitude, for example, has this maxim as its regulating principle,
yet does not specify the equal measure, which it implies.
 Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain
We should also note that this maxim has obvious
implications for salvation doctrine. If you would be forgiven of your
sins, forgive! If you would be given treasure in heaven, give! If
you would not be judged or condemned at the Last Day, then do not judge or
condemn! If you wish to receive mercy on that day, then be
THE MEASURE YOU GIVE
WILL BE THE MEASURE YOU GET!
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