1 Corinthians 15
The Resurrection of Christ1Now I would remind you, brothers ▼
▼Or brothers and sisters; also verses 6, 31, 50, 58of the gospel b I preached to you, which you received c in which you stand, 2and by which d you are being saved, if you e hold fast to the word I preached to you— f unless you believed in vain. 3For g I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died h for our sins i in accordance with the Scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised j on the third day k in accordance with the Scriptures, 5and that l he appeared to Cephas, then m to the twelve. 6Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7Then he appeared to n James, then o to all the apostles. 8Last of all, as to one untimely born p he appeared also to me. 9For q I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because r I persecuted the church of God. 10But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary s I worked harder than any of them t though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me. 11Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.
The Resurrection of the Dead12Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead u how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13But if there is no resurrection of the dead v then not even Christ has been raised. 14And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. 15We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that w he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and x you are still in your sins. 18Then those also who y have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19If in Christ we have hope ▼
▼Or we have hopedin this life only aa we are of all people most to be pitied. 20But in fact ab Christ has been raised from the dead ac the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21For as ad by a man came death ae by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22For af as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then ag at his coming ah those who belong to Christ. 24Then comes the end, when he delivers ai the kingdom to God the Father after destroying aj every rule and every authority and power. 25For he must reign ak until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy to be al destroyed is death. 27For am “God ▼
▼Greek hehas put all things in subjection under his feet.” But when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. 28When ao all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that ap God may be all in all. 29Otherwise, what do people mean by being baptized on behalf of the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized on their behalf? 30Why are we aq in danger every hour? 31I protest, brothers, by ar my pride in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, as I die every day! 32What do I gain if, humanly speaking at I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised au “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.” 33 av Do not be deceived: aw “Bad company ruins good morals.” ▼
▼Probably from Menander’s comedy Thais34 ay Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For az some have no knowledge of God. ba I say this to your shame.
The Resurrection Body35But someone will ask bb “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?” 36You foolish person! bc What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. 38But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body. 39For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. 40There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another. 41There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory. 42 bd So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. 43It is sown in dishonor; be 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. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45Thus it is written bf “The first man Adam became a living being”; ▼
▼Greek a living soulbh the last Adam became a bi life-giving spirit. 46But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. 47 bj The first man was from the earth bk a man of dust; bl the second man is from heaven. 48As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, bm so also are those who are of heaven. 49Just bn as we have borne the image of the man of dust, bo we shall ▼
▼Some manuscripts let usalso bear the image of the man of heaven.
Mystery and Victory50I tell you this, brothers: bq flesh and blood br cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51Behold! I tell you a mystery. bs We shall not all sleep bt but we shall all be changed, 52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For bu the trumpet will sound, and bv the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and bw this mortal body must put on immortality. 54When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: bx “Death is swallowed up in victory.”
55 by “O death, where is your victory?
O death, where is your sting?”
56The sting of death is sin, and bz the power of sin is the law. 57But thanks be to God ca who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 cb Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in cc the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord cd your labor is not in vain.
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