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John Nelson Darby and Cyrus I. Scofield on the "Day of Christ"

The 1 Cor. 1:8 footnote in the 1917 Scofield Reference Bible reveals that Cyrus Scofield (following in John Darby's footsteps) made two days out of one day by devising a different meaning for "day of Christ" and "day of the Lord." This was necessary to help create the doctrine of the imminent, secret return of Jesus Christ. (Darby was so zealous to promote the doctrine of the imminent return of Jesus Christ, he inserted imminence into his Bible translation.)

C. I. Scofield placed two comings of Jesus Christ into his 1917 Reference Bible by stating that "day of Christ" and "day of the Lord Jesus Christ" apply to saints only and "day of the Lord" applies to the judgment of the world. By assigning the synonymous terms, "day of Christ/day of the Lord Jesus Christ" and "day of the Lord" to different events,  Scofield produced what cannot be found in the unaltered and non-footnoted KJV 1611 Bible: a two-staged return of Jesus Christ.

King James Bible

 

John Darby Version

Cyrus Scofield's Notes

That ye may approve things that are excellent; that ye may be sincere and without offence till the day of Christ;

 

Phil. 1:10

that ye may judge of and approve the things that are more excellent, in order that ye may be pure and without offence for Christ's day,

[The 1917 Scofield Reference Bible marginal note: "1 Cor. 1:8, note"]

Philippians 1:6 Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Phil. 1:6

having confidence of this very thing, that he who has begun in you a good work will complete it unto Jesus Christ's day:

[The 1917 Scofield Reference Bible marginal note: "1 Cor. 1:8, note"]

Holding forth the word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.

Phil. 2:16

holding forth [the] word of life, so as to be a boast for me in Christ's day, that I have not run in vain nor laboured in vain.

[The 1917 Scofield Reference Bible marginal note: "1 Cor. 1:8, note"]

That ye be not soon shaken in mind, or be troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter as from us, as that the day of Christ is at hand.

[At hand means soon in time or imminent. The KJV says the day of Christ is not "at hand" or imminent.]

2 Thess. 2:2

that ye be not soon shaken in mind, nor troubled, neither by spirit, nor by word, nor by letter, as [if it were] by us, as that the day of the Lord is present.

Alexandrian-manuscript-based "adjustment":

[The 1917 Scofield Reference Bible marginal note: a "Day of the LORD, See Isa. 2:12, ref", b now present]

Who shall also confirm you unto the end, that ye may be blameless in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

 

1 Cor. 1:8

who shall also confirm you to the end, unimpeachable in the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.

[The 1917 Scofield Reference Bible directs the reader to the"1 Cor. 1:8, note"]

To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

1 Cor. 5:5

to deliver him, I say, being such, to Satan for destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

[The 1917 Scofield Reference Bible marginal note: some ancient authorities omit Jesus]

As also ye have acknowledged us in part, that we are your rejoicing, even as ye also are ours in the day of the Lord Jesus.

2 Cor. 1:14

even as also ye have recognised us in part, that we are your boast, even as *ye* [are] ours in the day of the Lord Jesus.

[The 1917 Scofield Reference Bible marginal note: "1 Cor. 1:8, note"]

Cyrus I. Scofield's 1 Cor. 1:8 footnote:

The expression "day of Christ," occurs in the following passages: 1Co 1:8; 5:5; 2Co 1:14; Php 1:6; 2:16. A.V. has "day of Christ," 2Th 2:2 incorrectly, for "day of the Lord" Isa 2:12; Re 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. [Emphasis mine.]

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