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1 Corinthians 15:1-44 (New International Version)

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The Resurrection of Christ

1 Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel1 I preached to you,2 which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2 By this gospel you are saved,3 if you hold firmly4 to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 3 For what I received5 I passed on to you6 as of first importancea: that Christ died for our sins7 according to the Scriptures,8 4 that he was buried,9 that he was raised10 on the third day11 according to the Scriptures,12 5 and that he appeared to Peter,b13 and then to the Twelve.14 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.15 7 Then he appeared to James,16 then to all the apostles,17 8 and last of all he appeared to me also,18 as to one abnormally born. 9 For I am the least of the apostles19 and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted20 the church of God.21 10 But by the grace22 of God I am what I am, and his grace to me23 was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them24--yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.25 11 Whether, then, it was I or they,26 this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.

The Resurrection of the Dead

12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead,27 how can some of you say that there is no resurrection28 of the dead?29 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised,30 our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead.31 But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.32 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep33 in Christ are lost. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.34 20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead,35 the firstfruits36 of those who have fallen asleep.37 21 For since death came through a man,38 the resurrection of the dead39 comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.40 23 But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits;41 then, when he comes,42 those who belong to him.43 24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom44 to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.45 25 For he must reign46 until he has put all his enemies under his feet.47 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.48 27 For he "has put everything under his feet."c49 Now when it says that "everything" has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ.50 28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him,51 so that God may be all in all.52 29 Now if there is no resurrection, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized for them? 30 And as for us, why do we endanger ourselves every hour?53 31 I die every day54--I mean that, brothers--just as surely as I glory over you in Christ Jesus our Lord. 32 If I fought wild beasts55 in Ephesus56 for merely human reasons, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised, "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die."d57 33 Do not be misled:58 "Bad company corrupts good character."59 34 Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God60--I say this to your shame.61

The Resurrection Body

35 But someone may ask,62 "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?"63 36 How foolish!64 What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.65 37 When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38 But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body.66 39 All flesh is not the same: Men have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. 40 There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. 41 The sun has one kind of splendor,67 the moon another and the stars another;68 and star differs from star in splendor. 42 So will it be69 with the resurrection of the dead.70 The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable;71 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory;72 it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.73 If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
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