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1 Now, brothers and sisters, I want you to remember the Good News I brought to you. You received this Good News and continue strong in it. 1 Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand.
2 And you are being saved by it if you continue believing what I told you. If you do not, then you believed for nothing. 2 By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
3 I passed on to you what I received, of which this was most important: that Christ died for our sins, as the Scriptures say; 3 For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
4 that he was buried and was raised to life on the third day as the Scriptures say; 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
5 and that he was seen by Peter and then by the twelve apostles. 5 and that he appeared to Peter, and then to the Twelve.
6 After that, Jesus was seen by more than five hundred of the believers at the same time. Most of them are still living today, but some have died. 6 After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.
7 Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles. 7 Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles,
8 Last of all he was seen by me -- as by a person not born at the normal time. 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
9 All the other apostles are greater than I am. I am not even good enough to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 9 For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
10 But God's grace has made me what I am, and his grace to me was not wasted. I worked harder than all the other apostles. (But it was not I really; it was God's grace that was with me.) 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them--yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.
11 So if I preached to you or the other apostles preached to you, we all preach the same thing, and this is what you believed. 11 Whether, then, it was I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.
12 Now since we preached that Christ was raised from the dead, why do some of you say that people will not be raised from the dead? 12 But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?
13 If no one is ever raised from the dead, then Christ has not been raised. 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.
14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is worth nothing, and your faith is worth nothing. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.
15 And also, we are guilty of lying about God, because we testified of him that he raised Christ from the dead. But if people are not raised from the dead, then God never raised Christ. 15 More than that, we are then found to be false witnesses about God, for we have testified about God that he raised Christ from the dead. But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised.
16 If the dead are not raised, Christ has not been raised either. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either.
17 And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith has nothing to it; you are still guilty of your sins. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.
18 And those in Christ who have already died are lost. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost.
19 If our hope in Christ is for this life only, we should be pitied more than anyone else in the world. 19 If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men.
20 But Christ has truly been raised from the dead -- the first one and proof that those who sleep in death will also be raised. 20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
21 Death has come because of what one man did, but the rising from death also comes because of one man. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.
22 In Adam all of us die. In the same way, in Christ all of us will be made alive again. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.
23 But everyone will be raised to life in the right order. Christ was first to be raised. When Christ comes again, those who belong to him will be raised to life, 23 But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.
24 and then the end will come. At that time Christ will destroy all rulers, authorities, and powers, and he will hand over the kingdom to God the Father. 24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.
25 Christ must rule until he puts all enemies under his control. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
26 The last enemy to be destroyed will be death. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
27 The Scripture says that God put all things under his control. When it says "all things" are under him, it is clear this does not include God himself. God is the One who put everything under his control. 27 For he "has put everything under his feet." Now when it says that "everything" has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ.
28 After everything has been put under the Son, then he will put himself under God, who had put all things under him. Then God will be the complete ruler over everything. 28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.
29 If the dead are never raised, what will people do who are being baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people being baptized for them? 29 Now if there is no resurrection, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized for them?
30 And what about us? Why do we put ourselves in danger every hour? 30 And as for us, why do we endanger ourselves every hour?
31 I die every day. That is true, brothers and sisters, just as it is true that I brag about you in Christ Jesus our Lord. 31 I die every day--I mean that, brothers--just as surely as I glory over you in Christ Jesus our Lord.
32 If I fought wild animals in Ephesus only with human hopes, I have gained nothing. If the dead are not raised, "Let us eat and drink, because tomorrow we will die." 32 If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus for merely human reasons, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised, "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die."
33 Do not be fooled: "Bad friends will ruin good habits." 33 Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character."
34 Come back to your right way of thinking and stop sinning. Some of you do not know God -- I say this to shame you. 34 Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God--I say this to your shame.
35 But someone may ask, "How are the dead raised? What kind of body will they have?" 35 But someone may ask, "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?"
36 Foolish person! When you sow a seed, it must die in the ground before it can live and grow. 36 How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.
37 And when you sow it, it does not have the same "body" it will have later. What you sow is only a bare seed, maybe wheat or something else. 37 When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else.
38 But God gives it a body that he has planned for it, and God gives each kind of seed its own body. 38 But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body.
39 All things made of flesh are not the same: People have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds have another, and fish have another. 39 All flesh is not the same: Men have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another.
40 Also there are heavenly bodies and earthly bodies. But the beauty of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the beauty of the earthly bodies is another. 40 There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another.
41 The sun has one kind of beauty, the moon has another beauty, and the stars have another. And each star is different in its beauty. 41 The sun has one kind of splendor, the moon another and the stars another; and star differs from star in splendor.
42 It is the same with the dead who are raised to life. The body that is "planted" will ruin and decay, but it is raised to a life that cannot be destroyed. 42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable;
43 When the body is "planted," it is without honor, but it is raised in glory. When the body is "planted," it is weak, but when it is raised, it is powerful. 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power;
44 The body that is "planted" is a physical body. When it is raised, it is a spiritual body. There is a physical body, and there is also a spiritual body. 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 It is written in the Scriptures: "The first man, Adam, became a living person." But the last Adam became a spirit that gives life. 45 So it is written: "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit.
46 The spiritual did not come first, but the physical and then the spiritual. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual.
47 The first man came from the dust of the earth. The second man came from heaven. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven.
48 People who belong to the earth are like the first man of earth. But those people who belong to heaven are like the man of heaven. 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the man from heaven, so also are those who are of heaven.
49 Just as we were made like the man of earth, so we will also be made like the man of heaven. 49 And just as we have borne the likeness of the earthly man, so shall we bear the likeness of the man from heaven.
50 I tell you this, brothers and sisters: Flesh and blood cannot have a part in the kingdom of God. Something that will ruin cannot have a part in something that never ruins. 50 I declare to you, brothers, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
51 But look! I tell you this secret: We will not all sleep in death, but we will all be changed. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed--
52 It will take only a second -- as quickly as an eye blinks -- when the last trumpet sounds. The trumpet will sound, and those who have died will be raised to live forever, and we will all be changed. 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
53 This body that can be destroyed must clothe itself with something that can never be destroyed. And this body that dies must clothe itself with something that can never die. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.
54 So this body that can be destroyed will clothe itself with that which can never be destroyed, and this body that dies will clothe itself with that which can never die. When this happens, this Scripture will be made true: "Death is destroyed forever in victory." 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: "Death has been swallowed up in victory."
55 "Death, where is your victory? Death, where is your pain?" 55 "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?"
56 Death's power to hurt is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
57 But we thank God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 So my dear brothers and sisters, stand strong. Do not let anything change you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your work in the Lord is never wasted. 58 Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.