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1 Corinthians 15 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Now let me remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then and still do now, for your faith is built on this wonderful message. 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 it is this Good News that saves you if you firmly believe it -- unless, of course, you believed something that was never true in the first place. 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 was most important and what had also been passed on to me -- that Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said. 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 He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, as the Scriptures said. 4 that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures,
5 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, he was seen by more than five hundred of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died by now. 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, I saw him, too, long after the others, as though I had been born at the wrong time. 8 and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
9 For I am the least of all the apostles, and I am not worthy to be called an apostle after the way 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 whatever I am now, it is all because God poured out his special favor on me -- and not without results. For I have worked harder than all the other apostles, yet it was not I but God who was working through me by his grace. 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 it makes no difference whether I preach or they preach. The important thing is that you believed what we preached to you. 11 Whether, then, it was I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.
12 But tell me this -- since we preach that Christ rose from the dead, why are some of you saying there will be no resurrection of 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 For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised either. 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.
14 And if Christ was not raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your trust in God is useless. 14 And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.
15 And we apostles would all be lying about God, for we have said that God raised Christ from the grave, but that can't be true if there is no resurrection of the dead. 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 there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised. 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 is useless, and you are still under condemnation for your sins. 17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.
18 In that case, all who have died believing in Christ have perished! 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost.
19 And if we have hope in Christ only for this life, we are the most miserable people 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 the fact is that Christ has been raised from the dead. He has become the first of a great harvest of those who will be raised to life again. 20 But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
21 So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, Adam, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man, Christ. 21 For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man.
22 Everyone dies because all of us are related to Adam, the first man. But all who are related to Christ, the other man, will be given new life. 22 For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.
23 But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised first; then when Christ comes back, all his people will be raised. 23 But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.
24 After that the end will come, when he will turn the Kingdom over to God the Father, having put down all enemies of every kind. 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 For Christ must reign until he humbles all his enemies beneath his feet. 25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
26 And the last enemy to be destroyed is death. 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
27 For the Scriptures say, "God has given him authority over all things." (Of course, when it says "authority over all things," it does not include God himself, who gave Christ his authority.) 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 Then, when he has conquered all things, the Son will present himself to God, so that God, who gave his Son authority over all things, will be utterly supreme over everything everywhere. 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 will not be raised, then what point is there in people being baptized for those who are dead? Why do it unless the dead will someday rise again? 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 why should we ourselves be continually risking our lives, facing death hour by hour? 30 And as for us, why do we endanger ourselves every hour?
31 For I swear, dear brothers and sisters, I face death daily. This is as certain as my pride in what the Lord Jesus Christ has done in you. 31 I die every day--I mean that, brothers--just as surely as I glory over you in Christ Jesus our Lord.
32 And what value was there in fighting wild beasts -- those men of Ephesus -- if there will be no resurrection from the dead? If there is no resurrection, "Let's feast and get drunk, for tomorrow we 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 Don't be fooled by those who say such things, for "bad company corrupts good character." 33 Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character."
34 Come to your senses and stop sinning. For to your shame I say that some of you don't even know God. 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 will the dead be raised? What kind of bodies will they have?" 35 But someone may ask, "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?"
36 What a foolish question! When you put a seed into the ground, it doesn't grow into a plant unless it dies first. 36 How foolish! What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.
37 And what you put in the ground is not the plant that will grow, but only a dry little seed of wheat or whatever it is you are planting. 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 Then God gives it a new body -- just the kind he wants it to have. A different kind of plant grows from each kind of seed. 38 But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body.
39 And just as there are different kinds of seeds and plants, so also there are different kinds of flesh -- whether of humans, animals, birds, or fish. 39 All flesh is not the same: Men have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another.
40 There are bodies in the heavens, and there are bodies on earth. The glory of the heavenly bodies is different from the beauty of the earthly bodies. 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 glory, while the moon and stars each have another kind. And even the stars differ from each other in their beauty and brightness. 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 way for the resurrection of the dead. Our earthly bodies, which die and decay, will be different when they are resurrected, for they will never die. 42 So will it be with the resurrection of the dead. The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable;
43 Our bodies now disappoint us, but when they are raised, they will be full of glory. They are weak now, but when they are raised, they will be full of power. 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power;
44 They are natural human bodies now, but when they are raised, they will be spiritual bodies. For just as there are natural bodies, so also there are spiritual bodies. 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 The Scriptures tell us, "The first man, Adam, became a living person." But the last Adam -- that is, Christ -- is a life-giving Spirit. 45 So it is written: "The first man Adam became a living being"; the last Adam, a life-giving spirit.
46 What came first was the natural body, then the spiritual body comes later. 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual.
47 Adam, the first man, was made from the dust of the earth, while Christ, the second man, came from heaven. 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth, the second man from heaven.
48 Every human being has an earthly body just like Adam's, but our heavenly bodies will be just like Christ's. 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 are now like Adam, the man of the earth, so we will someday be like Christ, the man from 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 What I am saying, dear brothers and sisters, is that flesh and blood cannot inherit the Kingdom of God. These perishable bodies of ours are not able to live forever. 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 let me tell you a wonderful secret God has revealed to us. Not all of us will die, but we will all be transformed. 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed--
52 It will happen in a moment, in the blinking of an eye, when the last trumpet is blown. For when the trumpet sounds, the Christians who have died will be raised with transformed bodies. And then we who are living will be transformed so that we will never die. 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 For our perishable earthly bodies must be transformed into heavenly bodies that will never die. 53 For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.
54 When this happens -- when our perishable earthly bodies have been transformed into heavenly bodies that will never die -- then at last the Scriptures will come true: "Death is swallowed up 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 O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting?" 55 "Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?"
56 For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
57 How we thank God, who gives us victory over sin and death through Jesus Christ our Lord! 57 But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and steady, always enthusiastic about the Lord's work, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless. 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.