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Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)

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Chapter 1

1:3  It seemed good to me also, having had perfect understanding of all things from the very first, to write unto thee in order, most excellent Theophilus,


"From the very first": (Greek - anothen [anwqen] ," "from above)." So translated in John 3:31; 19:11; James 1:17; 3:15,17. In no other place is ANOTHEN translated "from the very first." The use by Luke of anothen is an affirmation that his knowledge of these things, derived from those who had been eye-witnesses from the beginning Luke 1:2 was confirmed by revelation. In like manner Paul had doubtless heard from the eleven the story of the institution of the Lord's Supper, but he also had it by revelation from the Lord (cf) 1 Corinthians 11:23 and his writing, like Luke's anothen knowledge, thus became first-hand, not traditional, merely.

understanding (Greek - anothen [anwqen] ," lit). followed alongside of; or, closely traced.

in order The words "in order" are emphatic, indicating Luke's purpose to reduce to order the Gospel story.

1:5  There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judaea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia: and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elisabeth.


Herod the Great. (See Scofield "Matthew 2:1")

1:13  But the angel said unto him, Fear not, Zacharias: for thy prayer is heard; and thy wife Elisabeth shall bear thee a son, and thou shalt call his name John.


(See Scofield "Hebrews 1:4")

1:17  And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

shall go

See, Malachi 4:5 (See Scofield "Matthew 17:10")

1:19  And the angel answering said unto him, I am Gabriel, that stand in the presence of God; and am sent to speak unto thee, and to shew thee these glad tidings.


(See Scofield "Hebrews 1:4")

1:26  And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth,


(See Scofield "Hebrews 1:4")

1:28  And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women.


(See Scofield "Hebrews 1:4")

1:30  And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God.


(See Scofield "Hebrews 1:4")

1:47  And my spirit hath rejoiced in God my Saviour.


(See Scofield "Romans 1:16")

1:68  Blessed be the Lord God of Israel; for he hath visited and redeemed his people,


(See Scofield "Romans 3:24")

1:69  And hath raised up an horn of salvation for us in the house of his servant David;

horn of

(See Scofield "Romans 1:16")

1:71  That we should be saved from our enemies, and from the hand of all that hate us;


(See Scofield "Romans 1:16")

1:77  To give knowledge of salvation unto his people by the remission of their sins,


Sin. (See Scofield "Romans 3:23")

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Scofield, C. I. "Scofield Reference Notes on Luke 1". "Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)". <>. 1917.  


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