1 Corinthians 15:20-57 (New International Version)

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20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead,1 the firstfruits2 of those who have fallen asleep.3 21 For since death came through a man,4 the resurrection of the dead5 comes also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.6 23 But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits;7 then, when he comes,8 those who belong to him.9 24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom10 to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.11 25 For he must reign12 until he has put all his enemies under his feet.13 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.14 27 For he "has put everything under his feet."a15 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.16 28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him,17 so that God may be all in all.18 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?19 31 I die every day20--I mean that, brothers--just as surely as I glory over you in Christ Jesus our Lord. 32 If I fought wild beasts21 in Ephesus22 for merely human reasons, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised, "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die."b23 33 Do not be misled:24 "Bad company corrupts good character."25 34 Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God26--I say this to your shame.27

The Resurrection Body

35 But someone may ask,28 "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?"29 36 How foolish!30 What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.31 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.32 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,33 the moon another and the stars another;34 and star differs from star in splendor. 42 So will it be35 with the resurrection of the dead.36 The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable;37 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory;38 it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.39 If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So it is written: "The first man Adam became a living being"c;40 the last Adam,41 a life-giving spirit.42 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual.43 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth,44 the second man from heaven.45 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven.46 49 And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man,47 so shall wed bear the likeness of the man from heaven.48 50 I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood49 cannot inherit the kingdom of God,50 nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.51 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery:52 We will not all sleep,53 but we will all be changed54-- 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound,55 the dead56 will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable57 must clothe itself with the imperishable,58 and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory."e59 55 "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?"f60 56 The sting of death is sin,61 and the power of sin is the law.62 57 But thanks be to God!63 He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.64
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