Therefore judge nothing(A) before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes.(B) He will bring to light(C) what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart. At that time each will receive their praise from God.(D)

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24 Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom(A) to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power.(B) 25 For he must reign(C) until he has put all his enemies under his feet.(D) 26 The last enemy to be destroyed is death.(E) 27 For he “has put everything under his feet.”[a](F) 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.(G) 28 When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him,(H) so that God may be all in all.(I)

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 15:27 Psalm 8:6

The Resurrection Body

35 But someone will ask,(A) “How are the dead raised? With what kind of body will they come?”(B) 36 How foolish!(C) What you sow does not come to life unless it dies.(D) 37 When you sow, you do not plant the body that will be, but just a seed, perhaps of wheat or of something else. 38 But God gives it a body as he has determined, and to each kind of seed he gives its own body.(E) 39 Not all flesh is the same: People have one kind of flesh, animals have another, birds another and fish another. 40 There are also heavenly bodies and there are earthly bodies; but the splendor of the heavenly bodies is one kind, and the splendor of the earthly bodies is another. 41 The sun has one kind of splendor,(F) the moon another and the stars another;(G) and star differs from star in splendor.

42 So will it be(H) with the resurrection of the dead.(I) The body that is sown is perishable, it is raised imperishable;(J) 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory;(K) it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body.(L)

If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So it is written: “The first man Adam became a living being”[a];(M) the last Adam,(N) a life-giving spirit.(O) 46 The spiritual did not come first, but the natural, and after that the spiritual.(P) 47 The first man was of the dust of the earth;(Q) the second man is of heaven.(R) 48 As was the earthly man, so are those who are of the earth; and as is the heavenly man, so also are those who are of heaven.(S) 49 And just as we have borne the image of the earthly man,(T) so shall we[b] bear the image of the heavenly man.(U)

50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood(V) cannot inherit the kingdom of God,(W) nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.(X) 51 Listen, I tell you a mystery:(Y) We will not all sleep,(Z) but we will all be changed(AA) 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound,(AB) the dead(AC) will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed. 53 For the perishable(AD) must clothe itself with the imperishable,(AE) and the mortal with immortality. 54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true: “Death has been swallowed up in victory.”[c](AF)

55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
    Where, O death, is your sting?”[d](AG)

56 The sting of death is sin,(AH) and the power of sin is the law.(AI) 57 But thanks be to God!(AJ) He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.(AK)

58 Therefore, my dear brothers and sisters, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord,(AL) because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.(AM)

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Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 15:45 Gen. 2:7
  2. 1 Corinthians 15:49 Some early manuscripts so let us
  3. 1 Corinthians 15:54 Isaiah 25:8
  4. 1 Corinthians 15:55 Hosea 13:14

10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us(A) for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.

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20 But our citizenship(A) is in heaven.(B) And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,(C) 21 who, by the power(D) that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies(E) so that they will be like his glorious body.(F)

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the faith and love that spring from the hope(A) stored up for you in heaven(B) and about which you have already heard in the true message(C) of the gospel

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When Christ, who is your[a] life,(A) appears,(B) then you also will appear with him in glory.(C)

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  1. Colossians 3:4 Some manuscripts our

14 For we believe that Jesus died and rose again,(A) and so we believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.(B) 15 According to the Lord’s word, we tell you that we who are still alive, who are left until the coming of the Lord,(C) will certainly not precede those who have fallen asleep.(D) 16 For the Lord himself will come down from heaven,(E) with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel(F) and with the trumpet call of God,(G) and the dead in Christ will rise first.(H) 17 After that, we who are still alive and are left(I) will be caught up together with them in the clouds(J) to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord(K) forever. 18 Therefore encourage one another(L) with these words.

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The Day of the Lord

Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates(A) we do not need to write to you,(B) for you know very well that the day of the Lord(C) will come like a thief in the night.(D) While people are saying, “Peace and safety,”(E) destruction will come on them suddenly,(F) as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.(G)

But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness(H) so that this day should surprise you like a thief.(I) You are all children of the light(J) and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep,(K) but let us be awake(L) and sober.(M) For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night.(N) But since we belong to the day,(O) let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate,(P) and the hope of salvation(Q) as a helmet.(R) For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath(S) but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.(T) 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him.(U) 11 Therefore encourage one another(V) and build each other up,(W) just as in fact you are doing.

Final Instructions

12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard(X) among you, who care for you in the Lord(Y) and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other.(Z) 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle(AA) and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak,(AB) be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong,(AC) but always strive to do what is good for each other(AD) and for everyone else.

16 Rejoice always,(AE) 17 pray continually,(AF) 18 give thanks in all circumstances;(AG) for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

19 Do not quench the Spirit.(AH) 20 Do not treat prophecies(AI) with contempt 21 but test them all;(AJ) hold on to what is good,(AK) 22 reject every kind of evil.

23 May God himself, the God of peace,(AL) sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul(AM) and body be kept blameless(AN) at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.(AO) 24 The one who calls(AP) you is faithful,(AQ) and he will do it.(AR)

25 Brothers and sisters, pray for us.(AS) 26 Greet all God’s people with a holy kiss.(AT) 27 I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters.(AU)

28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.(AV)

and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven(A) in blazing fire(B) with his powerful angels.(C) He will punish(D) those who do not know God(E) and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.(F) They will be punished with everlasting destruction(G) and shut out from the presence of the Lord(H) and from the glory of his might(I) 10 on the day(J) he comes to be glorified(K) in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.(L)

11 With this in mind, we constantly pray for you,(M) that our God may make you worthy(N) of his calling,(O) and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness(P) and your every deed prompted by faith.(Q) 12 We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you,(R) and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.[a]

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  1. 2 Thessalonians 1:12 Or God and Lord, Jesus Christ

Grace and peace to you from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.(A)

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14 to keep this command without spot or blame(A) until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,(B)

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In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus, who will judge the living and the dead,(A) and in view of his appearing(B) and his kingdom, I give you this charge:(C)

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Now there is in store for me(A) the crown of righteousness,(B) which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day(C)—and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing.(D)

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13 while we wait for the blessed hope—the appearing(A) of the glory of our great God and Savior, Jesus Christ,(B)

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