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Christ Was Raised to Life

15 My friends, I want you to remember the message that I preached and that you believed and trusted. You will be saved by this message, if you hold firmly to it. But if you don’t, your faith was all for nothing.

I told you the most important part of the message exactly as it was told to me. That part is:

Christ died for our sins,
    as the Scriptures say.
He was buried,
    and three days later
he was raised to life,
    as the Scriptures say.
Christ appeared to Peter,[a]
    then to the twelve.
After this, he appeared
to more than five hundred
    other followers.
Most of them are still alive,
    but some have died.
He also appeared to James,
and then to all
    of the apostles.

Finally, he appeared to me, even though I am like someone who was born at the wrong time.[b]

I am the least important of all the apostles. In fact, I caused so much trouble for God’s church that I don’t even deserve to be called an apostle. 10 But God was kind! He made me what I am, and his wonderful kindness wasn’t wasted. I worked much harder than any of the other apostles, although it was really God’s kindness at work and not me. 11 But it doesn’t matter if I preached or if they preached. All of you believed the message just the same.

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Footnotes

  1. 15.5 Peter: See the note at 1.12.
  2. 15.8 who was born at the wrong time: The meaning of these words in Greek is not clear.

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