1 CorinthiansChapter 15

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1 Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also ye received, in which also ye stand, 2 by which also ye are being saved, if ye hold fast to the word which I preached to you, except ye believed to no purpose. 3 For I delivered to you among first things what also I received: that Christ died for our :sins according to the scriptures; 4 and that he was buried; and that he hath been raised on the third :day according to the scriptures; 5 and that he was seen of Cephas; then of the twelve; 6 thereupon was seen of above five hundred brethren at once, of whom the more remain until now, but some are fallen asleep; 7 thereupon was seen of James; then of all the apostles; 8 and last of all, as of the untimely birth, he was seen of me also. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called apostle, because I persecuted the church of :God. 10 But by God’s grace I am what I am: and his :grace :unto me was not found void; but I toiled more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of :God with me. 11 Whether then I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.

12 Now if Christ is preached that he hath been raised from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, neither hath Christ been raised: 14 and if Christ hath not been raised, then is our preaching void, and our faith also is void. 15 Yea, we are found false witnesses of :God; because we witnessed for :God that he raised the Christ: whom he raised not, if so be that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, neither hath Christ been raised: 17 and if Christ hath not been raised, your :faith is vain; ye are yet in your :sins. 18 Then also those fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If we have in this :life only hoped in Christ, we are of all men rather pitiable. 20 But now hath Christ been raised from the dead, first fruit of those asleep. 21 For since by man is death, by man is also resurrection of the dead. 22 For as in :Adam all die, so also in the Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But each in his :own order: Christ a first fruit; then they that are the Christ’s, at his :presence. 24 Then the end, when he shall deliver up the kingdom to the God and Father; when he shall have abolished all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign, till he put all his :enemies under his :feet. 26 The enemy to be abolished last is :death. 27 For, He subjected all things under his :feet. But when he saith that all the things are subjected, it is evident that he is excepted who did subject :all things to him. 28 And when all the things have been subjected to him, then also the Son shall himself be subjected to him that did subject all the things to him, that :God be all in all. 29 Else what shall they do that are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why then are they baptized for them? 30 why are WE also in peril every hour? 31 I protest by your glorying, brethren, which I have in Christ Jesus our :Lord, I die daily. 32 If :after man’s manner I fought beasts at Ephesus, what doth it profit me? If the dead are not raised, let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die. 33 Be not deceived: Evil companionships corrupt good †morals. 34 Awake to soberness righteously, and sin not; for some have no knowledge of God: I speak to shame you.

35 But some one will say, How are the dead raised? and with what sort of body do they come? 36 Foolish one, what THOU sowest is not made alive except it die: 37 and what thou sowest, thou sowest not the body that shall be, but †bare grain, it may chance of †wheat, or of some of the rest; 38 but :God giveth it a body even as he would, and to each of the seeds its own body. 39 All flesh is not the same flesh, but one is of men, and another flesh of beasts, and another flesh of birds, and another of fishes. 40 There are also bodies heavenly, and bodies earthly: but the glory of the heavenly is one, and the glory of the earthly is another. 41 One glory of sun, and another glory of moon, and another glory of stars; for star differeth from star in glory. 42 So also the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; raised in incorruption: 43 sown in dishonor; raised in glory: sown in weakness; raised in power: 44 sown a natural body; raised a spiritual. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual. 45 So also it is written, The first man Adam became a living soul. The last Adam a lifegiving spirit. 46 Howbeit not the spiritual is first, but the natural; then the spiritual. 47 The first man is of earth, of dust; the second man is of heaven. 48 As is the †earthy, such are also the earthy ones: and as is the heavenly, such are also the heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the dust, let us also bear the image of the heavenly. 50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit God’s kingdom; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Lo, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for a trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorrupt ible, and WE shall be changed. 53 For this :corruptible must put on incorruption, and this :mortal must put on immortality.

54 But when this :mortal shall have put on :immortality, then shall come to pass the saying :written, :Death is swallowed up unto victory. 55 O death, where is thy :victory? O death, where thy :sting? 56 Now the sting of :death is :sin; and the power of :sin is the law: 57 but thanks be to :God, who giveth us the victory through our :Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Wherefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your :toil is not vain in the Lord.

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