For if we believe (ei gar pisteuomen). Condition of first class, assuming the death and resurrection of Jesus to be true. In Jesus (dia tou Ihsou). Literally, through or by means of Jesus. It is amphibolous in position and can be taken either with tou koimhqenta (that are fallen asleep in or through Jesus) like oi koimhqente en Cristwi in 1 Corinthians 15:18 and probably correct or with axei (through Jesus with God). With him (sun autwi). Together with Jesus. Jesus is the connecting link (dia) for those that sleep (koimhqenta first aorist passive, but with middle sense) and their resurrection.