Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the Gospel which I preached unto you, which you also have received, and wherein ye stand,
by which ye also are saved if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you-- unless ye have believed in vain.
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received: how that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
and that He was buried, and that He arose again the third day according to the Scriptures,
and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve,
and that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some have fallen asleep.
After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles.
And last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.
For I am the least of the apostles, not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all -- yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.
Now if Christ is preached, that He rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:
and if Christ be not risen, then our preaching is vain, and your faith is also vain.
Yea, and we are found to be false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He didnot raise up, if so it be that the dead rise not.
For if the dead rise not, then is Christ not raised;
and if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
But now Christ is risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of those who slept.
For since by man came death, by Man came also the resurrection of the dead.
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive;
but every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward those who are Christ's at His coming.
Then cometh the end when He shall have delivered up the Kingdom to God, even the Father, when He shall have put down all rule, and all authority and power.
For He must reign until He hath put all enemies under His feet.
The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death,
for "He hath put all things under His feet." But when He saith "all things" are put under Him, it is manifest that He is excepted, who did put all things under Him.
And when all things shall be subdued unto Him, then shall the Son Himself also be subject unto Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.
Else, what shall they do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? Why are they then baptized for the dead?
And why stand we in jeopardy every hour?
I declare by my rejoicing in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord: I die daily.
If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantage is there to me, if the dead rise not? "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!"
Be not deceived: "Evil associations corrupt good manners."
Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.