In Abundance

Question: 

In what different ways can "Whoever has will be given more, and they will have an abundance. Whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them" be interpreted?

Answer: 

Good question, especially since this was one of Jesus’s repeated lines, used in a number of different circumstances. Only in one instance, a parable, does it refer to worldly goods. In most, it is clearly used to refer to knowledge. However, since it refers to both knowledge and worldly goods, it clearly is a broader rule of the way the universe works.

It occurs four times. What makes it unusual is that it is used in a variety of different contexts.

The variety of contexts are explained here (an analysis of the Greek at the links):

  1. Matthew 13:12 For whoever has: The context was the “secrets of the kingdom of heaven”, that were given to the apostles but told to others in parables.
  2. Matthew 25:29 For unto every one that hath shall be given: The context was the parable of the talents, referring to those making the most of their opportunities getting more and vice versa.
  3. Mark 4:25 For he that has, to him shall be given: The immediate context is getting what you given in the measure you give it.
  4. Luke 8:18 Take heed therefore how ye hear: The immediate context is nothing being hidden that won’t be revealed, both good and bad.

So, the larger rules echo other teachings Jesus:

  • To those who asked, it is given, with the Apostles being the ones asking.
  • Those who search, find. Those who take action to improve their situation are rewarded.
  • Those who more you give, the more you get.
  • The more you learn, the more you are in a position to learn more.