Thus it is written, 1"The first man Adam became a living being";a2the last Adam became a 3life-giving spirit.
But it is not the spiritual that is first but the natural, and then the spiritual.
474The first man was from the earth, 5a man of dust; 6the second man is from heaven.
As was the man of dust, so also are those who are of the dust, and as is the man of heaven, 7so also are those who are of heaven.
Just 8as we have borne the image of the man of dust, 9we shallb also bear the image of the man of heaven.
I tell you this, brothers: 10flesh and blood 11cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
Behold! I tell you a mystery. 12We shall not all sleep, 13but we shall all be changed,
in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For 14the trumpet will sound, and 15the dead will be raised imperishable, and we shall be changed.
For this perishable body must put on the imperishable, and 16this mortal body must put on immortality.
When the perishable puts on the imperishable, and the mortal puts on immortality, then shall come to pass the saying that is written: 17"Death is swallowed up in victory."
5518"O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?"