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Scofield's Reference Notes
1 Corinthians 1



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Verse 2


1 Corinthians 1:2-9, in contrast with 1 Corinthians 10-13, illustrate a distinction constantly made in the Epistles between the believer's position in Christ Jesus, in the family of God, and his walk, or actual state. Christian position in grace is the result of the work of Christ, and is fully entered the moment that Christ is received by faith; John 1:12; John 1:13; Romans 8:1; Romans 8:15-17; 1 Corinthians 1:2; 1 Corinthians 1:30; 1 Corinthians 12:12; 1 Corinthians 12:13; Galatians 3:26; Ephesians 1:3-14; Ephesians 2:4-9; 1 Peter 2:9; Revelation 1:6; Revelation 5:9; Revelation 5:10. The weakest, most ignorant, and fallible believer has precisely the same relationships in grace as the most illustrious saint. All the after work of God in his behalf, the application of the word to walk and conscience; John 17:17; Ephesians 5:26 the divine chastenings; 1 Corinthians 11:32; Hebrews 12:10, the ministry of the Spirit Ephesians 4:11; Ephesians 4:12 the difficulties and trials of the path 1 Peter 4:12; 1 Peter 4:13 and the final transformation at the appearing of Christ 1 John 3:2 have for their object to make the believer's character conform to his exalted position in Christ. He grows in grace, not into grace.

Verse 4

for the grace

Grace (imparted). 1 Corinthians 3:10; Romans 6:1; 2 Peter 3:18.

Verse 7


Three words are used in connection with the return of the Lord:

(1) Parousia, "personal presence," also used by Paul of the "coming" of Stephanas 1 Corinthians 16:17 of Titus 2 Corinthians 7:6; 2 Corinthians 7:7 and of his own "coming" to Philippi Philippians 1:26. The word means simply personal presence, and is used of the return of the Lord as that event relates to the blessing of the saints; 1 Corinthians 15:23; 1 Thessalonians 4:14; 1 Thessalonians 4:17 and to the destruction of the man of sin 2 Thessalonians 2:8.

(2) Apokalupsis, "unveiling," "revelation." The use of this word emphasizes the visibility of the Lord's return. It is used of the Lord 2 Thessalonians 1:7; 1 Peter 1:7; 1 Peter 1:13; 1 Peter 4:13 of the sons of God in connection with the Lord's return Romans 8:19 and of the man of sin 2 Thessalonians 2:3; 2 Thessalonians 2:6; 2 Thessalonians 2:8 and always implies visibility.

(3) Epiphaneia, "appearing," trans. "brightness" 2 Thessalonians 2:8 A.V.; "manifestation," R.V.), and means simply an appearing. It is used of both advents.; 2 Timothy 1:10; 2 Thessalonians 2:8; 1 Timothy 6:14; 2 Timothy 4:1; 2 Timothy 4:8; Titus 2:13.

coming (Greek - revelation, unveiling).

Verse 8

day of our Lord Jesus

The expression "day of Christ," occurs in the following passages: 1 Corinthians 1:8; 1 Corinthians 5:5; 2 Corinthians 1:14; Philippians 1:6; Philippians 1:10; Philippians 2:16. A.V. has "day of Christ," 2 Thessalonians 2:2 incorrectly, for "day of the Lord"; Isaiah 2:12; Revelation 19:11-21 The "day of Christ" relates wholly to the reward and blessing of saints at his coming, as "day of the Lord" is connected with judgment.

Verse 10


(Greek - σχίσμα, a cleft, or rent).

Verse 18


(See Scofield "Romans 1:16")

Verse 20

this world

age. kosmos = world-system. 1 Corinthians 2:12; John 7:7, (See Scofield "Revelation 13:8").

Verse 27


kosmos = mankind. (See Scofield "Matthew 4:8").

Verse 30

wisdom from God, or, wisdom from God, even righteousness and sanctification, and redemption.

righteousness (See Scofield "Romans 3:21").

redemption (See Scofield "Romans 3:24").

Verse 31


Jehovah. Jeremiah 9:24


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Scofield, C. I. "Scofield Reference Notes on 1 Corinthians 1:4". "Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)". 1917.

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