Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel1 I preached to you,2 which you received and on which you have taken your stand.
By this gospel you are saved,3 if you hold firmly4 to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.
For what I received5 I passed on to you6 as of first importancea: that Christ died for our sins7 according to the Scriptures,84
that he was buried,9 that he was raised10 on the third day11 according to the Scriptures,125
and that he appeared to Cephas,b13 and then to the Twelve.146
After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep.157
Then he appeared to James,16 then to all the apostles,178
and last of all he appeared to me also,18 as to one abnormally born.
For I am the least of the apostles19 and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted20 the church of God.2110
But by the grace22 of God I am what I am, and his grace to me23 was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them24--yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.2511
Whether, then, it is I or they,26 this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.
But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead,27 how can some of you say that there is no resurrection28 of the dead?2913
If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.
And if Christ has not been raised,30 our preaching is useless and so is your faith.
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.31 But he did not raise him if in fact the dead are not raised.
For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either.
And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins.3218
Then those also who have fallen asleep33 in Christ are lost.
If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all others.3420
But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead,35 the firstfruits36 of those who have fallen asleep.3721
For since death came through a human being,38 the resurrection of the dead39 comes also through a human being.
For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive.4023
But in this order: Christ, the firstfruits;41 then, when he comes,42 those who belong to him.4324
Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom44 to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.4525
For he must reign46 until he has put all his enemies under his feet.4726
The last enemy to be destroyed is death.4827
For he "has put everything under his feet."c49 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.5028
When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him,51 so that God may be all in all.5229
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?
And as for us, why do we endanger ourselves every hour?5331
I face death every day54--yes, just as surely as I boast about you in Christ Jesus our Lord.
If I fought wild beasts55 in Ephesus56 with no more than human hopes, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised, "Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die."d5733
Do not be misled:58 "Bad company corrupts good character."e5934
Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God60--I say this to your shame.61
But someone will ask,62 "How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?"6336
How foolish!64 What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.6537
When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else.
But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body.6639
All flesh is not the same: Human beings have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another.
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.
The sun has one kind of splendor,67 the moon another and the stars another;68 and star differs from star in splendor.
So will it be69 with the resurrection of the dead.70 The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable;7143
it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory;72 it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power;
it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.73 If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body.
So it is written: "The first Adam became a living being"f;74 the last Adam,75 a life-giving spirit.7646
The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual.7747
The first man was of the dust of the earth;78 the second man is of heaven.7948
As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven.8049
And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man,81 so shall weg bear the image of the heavenly man.8250
I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood83 cannot inherit the kingdom of God,84 nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.8551
Listen, I tell you a mystery:86 We will not all sleep,87 but we will all be changed88--
in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound,89 the dead90 will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
For the perishable91 must clothe itself with the imperishable,92 and the mortal with immortality.
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."h9355
"Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?"i9456
The sting of death is sin,95 and the power of sin is the law.9657
But thanks be to God!97 He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.9858
Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord,99 because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.100