Now I would remind you, brothers,a of the gospel 1I preached to you, which you received, 2in which you stand,
and by which 3you are being saved, if you 4hold fast to the word I preached to you--5unless you believed in vain.
For 6I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received: that Christ died 7for our sins 8in accordance with the Scriptures,
that he was buried, that he was raised 9on the third day 10in accordance with the Scriptures,
and that 11he appeared to Cephas, then 12to the twelve.
Then he appeared to more than five hundred brothers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have fallen asleep.
Then he appeared to 13James, then 14to all the apostles.
Last of all, as to one untimely born, 15he appeared also to me.
For 16I am the least of the apostles, unworthy to be called an apostle, because 17I persecuted the church of God.
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace toward me was not in vain. On the contrary, 18I worked harder than any of them, 19though it was not I, but the grace of God that is with me.
Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.
Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, 20how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?
But if there is no resurrection of the dead, 21then not even Christ has been raised.
And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.
We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified about God that 22he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised.
For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised.
And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and 23you are still in your sins.
Then those also who 24have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
If in Christ we have hopeb in this life only, 25we are of all people most to be pitied.
But in fact 26Christ has been raised from the dead, 27the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For as 28by a man came death, 29by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.
For 30as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive.
But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then 31at his coming 32those who belong to Christ.
Then comes the end, when he delivers 33the kingdom to God the Father after destroying 34every rule and every authority and power.
For he must reign 35until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
The last enemy to be 36destroyed is death.