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1 Corinthians 15

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Christ Was Raised to Life
15
1 My friends, I want you to remember the message that I preached and that you believed and trusted.
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1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
2 You will be saved by this message, if you hold firmly to it. But if you don't, your faith was all for nothing. 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
keep...: or, hold fast
what: Gr. by what speech
3 I told you the most important part of the message exactly as it was told to me. That part is:
15.3 Is 53.5

Christ died for our sins,
as the Scriptures say.
3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
4 He was buried,
15.4 Ps 16.8
and three days later
he was raised to life,
as the Scriptures say.
4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
5 Christ appeared to Peter,
z 15.5 Peter: See the note at 1.12.
15.5 a Lk 24.34; b Mt 28.16
then to the twelve.
5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
6 After this, he appeared
to more than five hundred
other followers.
Most of them are still alive,
but some have died.
6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
7 He also appeared to James,
and then to all
of the apostles.
7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.

8 Finally, he appeared to me, even though I am like someone who was born at the wrong time.
a 15.8 who was born at the wrong time: The meaning of these words in Greek is not clear.
15.8 Ac 9.3
8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
one...: or, an abortive
9 I am the least important of all the apostles. In fact, I caused so much trouble for God's church that I don't even deserve to be called an apostle.
15.9 Ac 8.3.
9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
10 But God was kind! He made me what I am, and his wonderful kindness wasn't wasted. I worked much harder than any of the other apostles, although it was really God's kindness at work and not me. 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 they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
11 But it doesn't matter if I preached or if they preached. All of you believed the message just the same. 11 Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.
God's People Will Be Raised to Life
12 If we preach that Christ was raised from death, how can some of you say that the dead will not be raised to life?
12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
13 If they won't be raised to life, Christ himself wasn't raised to life. 13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:
14 And if Christ wasn't raised to life, our message is worthless, and so is your faith. 14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
15 If the dead won't be raised to life, we have told lies about God by saying that he raised Christ to life, when he really did not. 15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
16 So if the dead won't be raised to life, Christ wasn't raised to life.
16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
17 Unless Christ was raised to life, your faith is useless, and you are still living in your sins. 17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
18 And those people who died after putting their faith in him are completely lost. 18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
19 If our hope in Christ is good only for this life, we are worse off than anyone else. 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
20 But Christ has been raised to life! And he makes us certain that others will also be raised to life.
20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
21 Just as we will die because of Adam, we will be raised to life because of Christ. 21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
22 Adam brought death to all of us, and Christ will bring life to all of us. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
23 But we must each wait our turn. Christ was the first to be raised to life, and his people will be raised to life when he returns. 23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming.
24 Then after Christ has destroyed all powers and forces, the end will come, and he will give the kingdom to God the Father. 24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
25 Christ will rule until he puts all his enemies under his power,
15.25 Ps 110.1.
25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
26 and the last enemy he destroys will be death. 26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
27 When the Scriptures say that he will put everything under his power, they don't include God. It was God who put everything under the power of Christ.
15.27 Ps 8.6.
27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.
28 After everything is under the power of God's Son, he will put himself under the power of God, who put everything under his Son's power. Then God will mean everything to everyone. 28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
29 If the dead are not going to be raised to life, what will people do who are being baptized for them? Why are they being baptized for those dead people?
15.29 2Macc 12.44.
29 Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?
30 And why do we always risk our lives 30 And why stand we in jeopardy every hour?
31 and face death every day? The pride that I have in you because of Christ Jesus our Lord is what makes me say this. 31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
your: some read our
32 What do you think I gained by fighting wild animals in Ephesus? If the dead are not raised to life,
15.32 Is 22.13.

“Let's eat and drink.
Tomorrow we die.”
32 If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.
after...: or, to speak after the manner of men

33 Don't fool yourselves. Bad friends will destroy you.
33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
34 Be sensible and stop sinning. You should be embarrassed that some people still don't know about God. 34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.
What Our Bodies Will Be Like
35 Some of you have asked, “How will the dead be raised to life? What kind of bodies will they have?”
35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?
36 Don't be foolish. A seed must die before it can sprout from the ground. 36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:
37 Wheat seeds and all other seeds look different from the sprouts that come up. 37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:
38 This is because God gives everything the kind of body he wants it to have. 38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
39 People, animals, birds, and fish are each made of flesh, but none of them are alike. 39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.
40 Everything in the heavens has a body, and so does everything on earth. But each one is very different from all the others. 40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
41 The sun isn't like the moon, the moon isn't like the stars, and each star is different. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
42 That's how it will be when our bodies are raised to life. These bodies will die, but the bodies that are raised will live forever.
42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
43 These ugly and weak bodies will become beautiful and strong. 43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
44 As surely as there are physical bodies, there are spiritual bodies. And our physical bodies will be changed into spiritual bodies. 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
45 The first man was named Adam, and the Scriptures tell us that he was a living person. But Jesus, who may be called the last Adam, is a life-giving spirit.
15.45 Gn 2.7.
45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
46 We see that the one with a spiritual body did not come first. He came after the one who had a physical body. 46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
47 The first man was made from the dust of the earth, but the second man came from heaven. 47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
48 Everyone on earth has a body like the body of the one who was made from the dust of the earth. And everyone in heaven has a body like the body of the one who came from heaven. 48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
49 Just as we are like the one who was made out of earth, we will be like the one who came from heaven. 49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
50 My friends, I want you to know that our bodies of flesh and blood will decay. This means that they cannot share in God's kingdom, which lasts forever.
50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51 I will explain a mystery to you. Not every one of us will die, but we will all be changed.
15.51,52 1Th 4.15-17.
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 It will happen suddenly, quicker than the blink of an eye. At the sound of the last trumpet the dead will be raised. We will all be changed, so that we will never die again. 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 Our dead and decaying bodies will be changed into bodies that won't die or decay. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 The bodies we now have are weak and can die. But they will be changed into bodies that are eternal. Then the Scriptures will come true,
15.54 Is 25.8.

“Death has lost the battle!
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
55 Where is its victory?
15.55 Ho 13.14 (LRT).
Where is its sting?”
55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
grave: or, hell

56 Sin is what gives death its sting, and the Law is the power behind sin.
56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
57 But thank God for letting our Lord Jesus Christ give us the victory! 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 My dear friends, stand firm and don't be shaken. Always keep busy working for the Lord. You know that everything you do for him is worthwhile.
58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

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