1Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it.2It is this Good News that saves you if you continue to believe the message I told you—unless, of course, you believed something that was never true in the first place.3I passed on to you what was most important and what had also been passed on to me. Christ died for our sins, just as the Scriptures said.4He was buried, and he was raised from the dead on the third day, just as the Scriptures said.5He was seen by Peter and then by the Twelve.6After that, he was seen by more than 500 of his followers at one time, most of whom are still alive, though some have died.7Then he was seen by James and later by all the apostles.8Last of all, as though I had been born at the wrong time, I also saw him.
12But 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?13For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised either.14And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless.
20But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died.21So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through another man.22Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life.23But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised as the first of the harvest; then all who belong to Christ will be raised when he comes back.
42It is the same way with the resurrection of the dead. Our earthly bodies are planted in the ground when we die, but they will be raised to live forever.43Our bodies are buried in brokenness, but they will be raised in glory. They are buried in weakness, but they will be raised in strength.44They are buried as natural human bodies, but they will be raised as spiritual bodies. For just as there are natural bodies, there are also spiritual bodies.45The Scriptures tell us, “The first man, Adam, became a living person.” But the last Adam—that is, Christ—is a life-giving Spirit.