1 Corinthians 15:21

21 There is a nice symmetry in this: Death initially came by a man, and resurrection from death came by a man.

1 Corinthians 15:21 Meaning and Commentary

1 Corinthians 15:21

For since by man came death
The first man, by sin, was the cause of death; of its coming into the world, and upon all men, by which corporeal death is here meant; though the first man also by sin brought a moral death, or a death in sin on all his posterity; and rendered them liable to an eternal death, which is the just wages of sin; but since the apostle is treating of the resurrection of the body, a bodily death seems only intended:

by man came also the resurrection of the dead;
so God, in his great goodness and infinite wisdom has thought fit, and he has so ordered it, that it should be, that as the first man was the cause of, and brought death into the world, the second man should be the cause of the resurrection of life. Christ is the meritorious and procuring cause of the resurrection of his people; he by dying has abolished death; and by rising from the dead has opened the graves of the saints, and procured their resurrection for them, obtained for them a right unto it, and made way for it: and he is the pattern and exemplar, according to which they will be raised; their vile bodies will be fashioned, and made like to his glorious body; and whereas both in life and in death they bear the image of the first and earthly man, in the resurrection they will bear the image of the second and heavenly one: he also will be the efficient cause of the resurrection; all the dead will be raised by his power, and at the hearing of his voice; though the saints only will be raised by him, in virtue of their union to him, and interest in him, being members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones.

1 Corinthians 15:21 In-Context

19 If all we get out of Christ is a little inspiration for a few short years, we're a pretty sorry lot.
20 But the truth is that Christ has been raised up, the first in a long legacy of those who are going to leave the cemeteries.
21 There is a nice symmetry in this: Death initially came by a man, and resurrection from death came by a man.
22 Everybody dies in Adam; everybody comes alive in Christ.
23 But we have to wait our turn: Christ is first, then those with him at his Coming,