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1 Corinthians 15:12-58 (English Standard Version)

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The Resurrection of the Dead

12 Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, 1how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, 2then not even Christ has been raised. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. 15 We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that 3he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and 4you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who 5have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in Christ we have hopea in this life only, 6we are of all people most to be pitied. 20 But in fact 7Christ has been raised from the dead, 8the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as 9by a man came death, 10by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For 11as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then 12at his coming 13those who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end, when he delivers 14the kingdom to God the Father after destroying 15every rule and every authority and power. 25 For he must reign 16until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be 17destroyed is death. 27 For 18"Godb has put all things in subjection under his feet." But when it says, "all things are put in subjection," it is plain that he is excepted who put all things in subjection under him. 28 When 19all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that 20God may be all in all. 29 Otherwise, what do people mean by being baptized on behalf of the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized on their behalf? 30 Why are we 21in danger every hour? 31 I protest, brothers, by 22my pride in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, 23I die every day! 32 What do I gain if, humanly speaking, 24I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised, 25"Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die." 33 26Do not be deceived: 27"Bad company ruins good morals."c 34 28Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For 29some have no knowledge of God. 30I say this to your shame.

The Resurrection Body

35 But someone will ask, 31"How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?" 36 You foolish person! 32What you sow does not come to life unless it dies. 37 And what you sow is not the body that is to be, but a bare kernel, perhaps of wheat or of some other grain. 38 But God gives it a body as he has chosen, and to each kind of seed its own body. 39 For not all flesh is the same, but there is one kind for humans, another for animals, another for birds, and another for fish. 40 There are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is of one kind, and the glory of the earthly is of another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory. 42 33So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. 43 It is sown in dishonor; 34it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 Thus it is written, 35"The first man Adam became a living being";d36the last Adam became a 37life-giving spirit. 46 But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. 47 38The first man was from the earth, 39a man of dust; 40the second man is from heaven. 48 As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, 41so also are those who are of heaven. 49 Just 42as we have borne the image of the man of dust, 43we shalle also bear the image of the man of heaven.

Mystery and Victory

50 I tell you this, brothers: 44flesh and blood 45cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold! I tell you a mystery. 46We shall not all sleep, 47but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For 48the trumpet will sound, and 49the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and 50this mortal body must put on immortality. 54 When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: 51"Death is swallowed up in victory." 55 52"O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?" 56 The sting of death is sin, and 53the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, 54who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 55Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in 56the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord 57your labor is not in vain.
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