1 Corinthians 15:20-57 (English Standard Version)

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20 But in fact 1Christ has been raised from the dead, 2the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For as 3by a man came death, 4by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. 22 For 5as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then 6at his coming 7those who belong to Christ. 24 Then comes the end, when he delivers 8the kingdom to God the Father after destroying 9every rule and every authority and power. 25 For he must reign 10until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be 11destroyed is death. 27 For 12"Goda 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 13all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that 14God 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 15in danger every hour? 31 I protest, brothers, by 16my pride in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, 17I die every day! 32 What do I gain if, humanly speaking, 18I fought with beasts at Ephesus? If the dead are not raised, 19"Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die." 33 20Do not be deceived: 21"Bad company ruins good morals."b 34 22Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning. For 23some have no knowledge of God. 24I say this to your shame.

The Resurrection Body

35 But someone will ask, 25"How are the dead raised? With what kind of body do they come?" 36 You foolish person! 26What 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 27So is it with the resurrection of the dead. What is sown is perishable; what is raised is imperishable. 43 It is sown in dishonor; 28it 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, 29"The first man Adam became a living being";c30the last Adam became a 31life-giving spirit. 46 But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual. 47 32The first man was from the earth, 33a man of dust; 34the 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, 35so also are those who are of heaven. 49 Just 36as we have borne the image of the man of dust, 37we shalld also bear the image of the man of heaven.

Mystery and Victory

50 I tell you this, brothers: 38flesh and blood 39cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable. 51 Behold! I tell you a mystery. 40We shall not all sleep, 41but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For 42the trumpet will sound, and 43the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed. 53 For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and 44this 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: 45"Death is swallowed up in victory." 55 46"O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?" 56 The sting of death is sin, and 47the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, 48who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
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