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Scofield Reference Notes (1917 Edition)
1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.
Margin judge not
In the sense of condemnation.
2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.
3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?
4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?
5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.
6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you.
7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
8 For every one that asketh receiveth; and he that seeketh findeth; and to him that knocketh it shall be opened.
9 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread, will he give him a stone?
10 Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
11 If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children, how much more shall your Father which is in heaven give good things to them that ask him?
12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.
13 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat:
14 Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
15 Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
16 Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
17 Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.
18 A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.
19 Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
20 Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.
21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.
See Scofield Note: "Mt 3:2".
22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?
Devils, lit demons. To the reality and personality of demons the N.T. scriptures bear abundant testimony. As to their origin nothing is clearly revealed, but they are not to be confounded with the angels mentioned in 2Pet 2:4 Jude 1:6.
Summary: Demons are spirits Mt 12:43,45 are Satan's emissaries Mt 12:26,27 25:41 and Song numerous as to make Satan's power practically ubiquitous. Mk 5:9. They are capable of entering and controlling both men and beasts Mk 5:8,11-13 and earnestly seek embodiment, without which, apparently, they are powerless for evil. Mt 12:43,44 Mk 5:10-12. Demon influence and demon possession are discriminated in the N. T. Instances of the latter are Mt 4:24 Mt 8:16,28,33 9:32 12:22 Mk 1:32 5:15,16,18 Lk 8:35 Acts 8:7 16:16. They are unclean, sullen, violent, and malicious Mt 8:28 9:23 10:1 Mt 12:43 Mk 1:23 5:3-5 9:17,20 Lk 6:18 9:39. They know Jesus Christ as Most High God, and recognize His supreme authority Mt 8:31,32 Mk 1:24 Acts 19:15 Jas 2:19. They know their eternal fate to be one of torment Mt 8:29 Lk 8:31. They inflict physical maladies Mt 12:22 17:15-18 Lk 13:16 but mental disease is to be distinguished from the disorder of mind due to demonical control. Demon influence may manifest itself in religion asceticism and formalism 1Tim 4:1-3 degenerating into uncleanness 2Pet 2:10-12. The sign of demon influence in religion is departing from the faith, i.e. the body of revealed truth in the Scriptures. 1Tim 4:1. The demons maintain especially a conflict with believers who would be spiritual. Eph 6:12 1Tim 4:1-3. All unbelievers are open to demon possession Eph 2:2. The believer's resources, prayer and bodily control Mt 17:21 "the whole armour of God" Eph 6:13-18. Exorcism in the name of Jesus Christ Acts 16:18 was practised for demon possession. One of the awful features of the apocalyptic judgments in which this age will end is an irruption of demons out the abyss. Rev 9:1-11.
23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.
Margin work iniquity
sin, lawlessness. See Scofield Note: "Rom 3:23".
24 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house upon a rock:
25 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell not: for it was founded upon a rock.
26 And every one that heareth these sayings of mine, and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his house upon the sand:
27 And the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds blew, and beat upon that house; and it fell: and great was the fall of it.
28 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings, the people were astonished at his doctrine:
29 For he taught them as one having authority, and not as the scribes.