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Scofield's Reference Notes
Acts 1



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Verse 4

being assembled Or, eating with them.

ye have heard Or, heard from me.

Verse 6

again the kingdom to Israel

Forty days the risen Lord had been instructing the apostles "of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God," doubtless, according to His custom Luke 24:27; Luke 24:32; Luke 24:44; Luke 24:45 teaching them out of the Scriptures. One point was left untouched, viz., the time when He would restore the kingdom to Israel; hence the apostles' question. The answer was according to His repeated teaching; the time was God's secret.; Matthew 24:36; Matthew 24:42; Matthew 24:44; Matthew 25:13; 1 Thessalonians 5:1.

restore (See Scofield "Matthew 3:2").

Verse 11


The two Advents--Summary:

(1) The O.T. foreview of the coming Messiah is in two aspects--that of rejection and suffering (as e.g. in Is 53), and that of earthly glory and power (as e.g. In Is 11 Jeremiah 23 Ezekiel 37). Often these two aspects blend in one passage (e.g. Psalms 2). The prophets themselves were perplexed by this seeming contradiction 1 Peter 1:10; 1 Peter 1:11. It was solved by partial fulfilment. In due time the Messiah, born of a virgin according to Isaiah, appeared among men and began His ministry by announcing the predicted kingdom as "at hand."

(See Scofield "Matthew 4:17"). The rejection of King and kingdom followed.

(2) Thereupon the rejected King announced His approaching crucifixion, resurrection, departure, and return (Matthew 24, 25). Matthew 12:38-40; Matthew 16:1-4; Matthew 16:21; Matthew 16:27; Luke 12:35-46; Luke 17:20-36; Luke 18:31-34; Luke 19:12-27.

(3) He uttered predictions concerning the course of events between His departure and return Matthew 13:1-50; Matthew 16:18; Matthew 24:4-26

(4) This promised return of Christ becomes a prominent theme in the Acts, Epistles, and Revelation.

Taken together, the N.T. teachings concerning the return of Jesus Christ may be summarized as follows:

(1) That return is an event, not a process, and is personal and corporeal Matthew 23:39; Matthew 24:30; Matthew 25:31; Mark 14:62; Luke 17:24; John 14:3; Acts 1:11; Philippians 3:20; Philippians 3:21; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17.

(2) His coming has a threefold relation: to the church, to Israel, to the nations.

(a) To the church the descent of the Lord into the air to raise the sleeping and change the living saints is set forth as a constant expectation and hope Matthew 24:36; Matthew 24:44; Matthew 24:48-51; Matthew 25:13; 1 Corinthians 15:51; 1 Corinthians 15:52; Philippians 3:20; 1 Thessalonians 1:10; 1 Thessalonians 4:14-17; 1 Timothy 6:14; Titus 2:13; Revelation 22:20.

(b) To Israel, the return of the Lord is predicted to accomplish the yet unfulfilled prophecies of her national regathering, conversion, and establishment in peace and power under the Davidic Covenant Acts 15:14-17 with Zechariah 14:1-9.

See "Kingdom (O.T.)" 2 Samuel 7:8-17.

(See Scofield "Zechariah 13:8")

Luke 1:31-33

(See Scofield "1 Corinthians 15:24")

(c) To the Gentile nations the return of Christ is predicted to bring the destruction of the present political world-system Daniel 2:34; Daniel 2:35. (See Scofield "Revelation 19:11"), the judgment of Matthew 25:31-46 followed by world-wide Gentile conversion and participation in the blessings of the kingdom; Isaiah 2:2-4; Isaiah 11:10; Isaiah 60:3; Zechariah 8:3; Zechariah 8:20; Zechariah 8:23; Zechariah 14:16-21.

Verse 12


About 4854 feet.

Verse 13


The Zealot.

Verse 20


(Greek - ναός, overseership). See "elders" (See Scofield "Titus 1:5")

Verse 25


Sin. (See Scofield "Romans 3:23").


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

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Tuesday, October 27th, 2020
the Week of Proper 25 / Ordinary 30
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