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.
By this gospel you are saved,3 if you hold firmly4 to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
For what I received5 I passed on to you6 as of first importancea: that Christ died for our sins7 according to the Scriptures,84
that he was buried,9 that he was raised10 on the third day11 according to the Scriptures,125
and that he appeared to Peter,b13 and then to the Twelve.146
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.157
Then he appeared to James,16 then to all the apostles,178
and last of all he appeared to me also,18 as to one abnormally born.
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.2110
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.2511
Whether, then, it was I or they,26 this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.
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?2913
If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.
And if Christ has not been raised,30 our preaching is useless and so is your faith.
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.
For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either.
And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.3218
Then those also who have fallen asleep33 in Christ are lost.
If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.3420
But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead,35 the firstfruits36 of those who have fallen asleep.3721
For since death came through a man,38 the resurrection of the dead39 comes also through a man.
For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.4023
But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits;41 then, when he comes,42 those who belong to him.4324
Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom44 to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.4525
For he must reign46 until he has put all his enemies under his feet.4726
The last enemy to be destroyed is death.4827
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.5028
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.5229
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?
And as for us, why do we endanger ourselves every hour?5331
I die every day54--I mean that, brothers--just as surely as I glory over you in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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."d5733
Do not be misled:58 "Bad company corrupts good character."5934
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