1 Corinthians 15:25

25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.

1 Corinthians 15:25 in Other Translations

King James Version (KJV)
25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
English Standard Version (ESV)
25 For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
New Living Translation (NLT)
25 For Christ must reign until he humbles all his enemies beneath his feet.
The Message Bible (MSG)
25 He won't let up until the last enemy is down -
American Standard Version (ASV)
25 For he must reign, till he hath put all his enemies under his feet.
GOD'S WORD Translation (GW)
25 Christ must rule until God has put every enemy under his control.
Holman Christian Standard Bible (CSB)
25 For He must reign until He puts all His enemies under His feet.
New International Reader's Version (NIRV)
25 Christ must rule until he has put all his enemies under his control.

1 Corinthians 15:25 Meaning and Commentary

1 Corinthians 15:25

For he must reign
That is, Christ must reign; he is set as King over God's holy hill of Zion; he is King of saints; he is made and declared to be both Lord and Christ; he is exalted at the right hand of God as a Prince, where he sits and rules and reigns; and his sitting at God's right hand is here explained by his reigning, for reference is had to ( Psalms 110:1 ) he must reign because it is the unalterable will, and unchangeable decree and purpose of God, that he should reign; and because he has promised it, and prophesied of it; and because the state and condition of his people require it, who otherwise could not be saved, nor dwell safely: and so he must and will,

till he hath put all enemies under his feet;
and made them his footstool; meaning either all the elect of God, who in a state of nature are enemies in their minds, by wicked works, to himself and to his Father; whom he conquers by his grace, subdues their rebellious wills, of enemies makes them friends, brings them to his feet, and to a subjection to his sceptre, to his Gospel and ordinances; and he must reign till he has brought every elect soul into such an obedience to himself: or rather antichrist and his followers, and all wicked and ungodly men, with Satan and his angels; who will be destroyed with the breath of his mouth, and the brightness of his coming; and will be cast down by him into hell, and there be ever objects of his wrath and vengeance: and till all this is done he must reign; not that he shall cease to reign afterwards, but that he shall reign notwithstanding these enemies of his and his people, who would not have him to reign over them; and will reign until they are subdued or destroyed; and when they are entirely vanquished and overcome, who can doubt of his reigning then? or what, or who will there be to hinder it? The Alexandrian copy, and others, read, "his enemies"; and so do the Syriac and Ethiopic versions.

1 Corinthians 15:25 In-Context

23 But each in turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him.
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 he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.
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.

Cross References 2

  • 1. Isaiah 9:7; Isaiah 52:7
  • 2. ver 27; Psalms 110:1; S Matthew 22:44
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