1 Corinthians 15

1And, brothers, I make known to you the good news that I preached to you, which also ye received, and in which ye stand, 2by which also ye are saved if ye hold firm that word I preached to you, unless ye believed in vain. 3For I delivered to you at first what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures, 4and that he was buried, and that he arose on the third day according to the scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve. 6Then he appeared to over five hundred brothers at once, of whom the greater part remain until now, but some also slept. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8and last of all, as to the untimely birth, he also appeared to me. 9For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10But by the grace of God I am what I am. And his grace for me did not become empty, but I labored more abundantly than them all, yet not I, but the grace of God with me. 11Therefore whether I or those men, so we proclaim, and so ye believed. 12Now if Christ is proclaimed that he has risen from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13But if there is no resurrection of the dead, neither has Christ risen. 14And if Christ has not risen, then our preaching is empty, and your faith is also empty. 15And also we are found false witnesses of God, because we witnessed according to God that he raised up the Christ, whom he did not raise up, if therefore the dead are really not raised. 16For if the dead are not raised, neither has Christ been raised. 17And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is vain. Ye are still in your sins. 18Then also those who slept in Christ have perished. 19If we are men who have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men more miserable. 20But now Christ has been raised from the dead. He became the first fruit of those who are asleep. 21For since death is because of a man, the resurrection of the dead is also because of a man. 22For as by Adam all die, so also by Christ all will be made alive. 23But each in his own order. Christ the first fruit, then those of Christ at his coming. 24Afterwards the end, when he delivers up the kingdom to the God and Father, when he will abolish all rule, and all authority and power. 25For he must reign until he will put all his enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy abolished is death. 27For he subordinated all things under his feet. But when he says that all things have been subordinated, it is clear that he who subordinated all things under him, is excepted. 28And when all things are made subordinate to him, then the Son himself will also be made subordinate to him who subordinated all things to him, so that God may be all in all. 29Otherwise what will they do who are immersed for the dead? If the dead do not rise at all, why then are they immersed for the dead? 30And we, why are we in peril every hour? 31By the pride that belongs to you, that I keep in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 32If in respect to men I fought with beasts at Ephesus, what is the benefit to me if the dead are not raised? Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die. 33Be not led astray. Evil associations corrupt good habits. 34Sober up rightly, and do not sin, for some have ignorance of God. I speak shame about you. 35But some man will say, How are the dead raised, and with what kind of body do they come? 36Thou foolish man, what thou sow is not made alive unless it dies. 37And what thou sow, thou do not sow the body that it will become, but a bare grain, if it may happen of wheat, or of some other kind. 38But God gives it a body as he wills, and to each of the seeds its own body. 39All flesh is not the same flesh, but one of men, and another flesh of beasts, and another of fishes, and another of birds, 40and heavenly bodies, and earthly bodies (but the glory of the heavenly is different, and the glory of the earthly is different), 41another glory is of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars, for star differs from star in glory. 42So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in the perishable, it is raised in imperishability. 43It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power. 44It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45And so it is written, The first man Adam developed into a living soul. The last Adam a life giving spirit. 46Nevertheless the spiritual is not first, but the natural, then the spiritual. 47The first man was of the earth, earthly. The second man is the Lord from heaven. 48As is the earthly, such also are the earthly. And as is the heavenly, such also are the heavenly. 49And just as we have worn the form of the earthly, we will also wear the form of the heavenly. 50Now this I affirm, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit imperishability. 51Behold, I tell you a mystery. We will actually not all sleep, but we will all be transformed, 52in an instant, in the blink of an eye, at the last trumpet. For it will sound, and the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be transformed. 53For this perishable must put on imperishability, and this mortal put on immortality. 54But when this perishable will have put on imperishability, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then will come to pass the saying that is written, Death was swallowed up in victory. 55O death, where is thy sting? O Hades, where is thy victory? 56The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57But thanks is to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58Therefore, my beloved brothers, become ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not empty in the Lord.
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