1 Corinthians 151 Now, brethren, I would remind you of the gospel which I preached to you, which you have received, and in which you stand; 2 By which you are also saved, if you hold fast to what I preached to you, unless you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered to you as of first importance that which I received, that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 5 And that he appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve: 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part are still alive, though some have fallen asleep. 7 After that, he appeared to James; then to all the apostles. 8 And last of all he appeared to me also, as to one untimely born. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, and am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than all of them: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. 11 Therefore, whether it was I or they, this we preach, and this you believed. 12 Now if Christ is preached, that he rose from the dead, how is it that some among you say that there is no resurrection from the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not risen: 14 And if Christ has not risen, then our preaching is in vain, and your faith is also in vain. 15 Yea, and we are found to be false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ, whom he has raised not up, if it is true that the dead do not rise. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised: 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is in vain; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If for this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. 20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the first-fruits of those who sleep. 21 For since by man came death, by man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For just as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But every man in his own order: Christ the first-fruits; afterward those who are Christ's at his coming. 24 Then comes the end, when he delivers up the kingdom to God the Father; after he has destroyed all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign, until he has put all enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. 27 For he has put all things under his feet. But when he says all things are put under him, it is clear that he himself is excepted, who put all things under him. 28 And when all things shall be subjected to him, then shall the Son himself be subject to him who put all things under him, that God may be all in all. 29 Otherwise, what shall they do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead are not raised at all? why then are they baptized for the dead? 30 And why do we stand in jeopardy every hour? 31 I assure you, just as I rejoice in you through Christ Jesus our Lord: I die daily. 32 If for merely human reasons I fought beasts in Ephesus, what advantage is that to me, if the dead are not raised? let us eat and drink; for tomorrow we die. 33 Do not be deceived: bad company corrupts good morals. 34 Awaken to sobriety, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame. 35 But some will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what kind of body will they come? 36 You fool, that which you sow does not come to life, unless it dies: 37 And that which you sow is not the body that shall be, but a bare seed, perhaps of wheat, or of some other grain: 38 But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to every kind of seed its own body. 39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fish, and another of birds. 40 There are also celestial bodies, and terrestrial bodies: but the glory of the celestial is of one kind, and the glory of the terrestrial is of another. 41 There 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 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown perishable; it is raised imperishable: 43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 And so it is written, The first man, Adam, was made a living being; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit. 46 Yet, it is not that which is spiritual that is first, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 47 The first man was of the earth, made of dust: the second man is from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so it is with those who are of dust: and as is the man of heaven, so it is with those who are of heaven. 49 And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the man of heaven. 50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53 For the perishable must put on the imperishable, and the mortal must put on immortality. 54 When the perishable has put on the imperishable, and the mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is your sting? O grave, where is your victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
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