The Fact of Christ’s Resurrection

15 Now (A)I make known to you, brothers and sisters, the (B)gospel which I preached to you, which you also received, (C)in which you also stand, by which you also are saved, (D)if you hold firmly to [a]the word which I preached to you, (E)unless you believed in vain.

For (F)I handed down to you [b]as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died (G)for our sins (H)according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was (I)raised on the third day (J)according to the Scriptures, and that (K)He appeared to [c](L)Cephas, then (M)to the twelve. After that He appeared to more than five hundred brothers and sisters at one time, most of whom remain until now, but some (N)have fallen asleep; then He appeared to [d](O)James, then to (P)all the apostles; and last of all, as [e]to one untimely born, (Q)He appeared to me also. For I am (R)the least of the apostles, [f]and not fit to be called an apostle, because I (S)persecuted the church of God. 10 But by (T)the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward me did not prove vain; but I (U)labored even more than all of them, yet (V)not I, but the grace of God with me. 11 Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

12 Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there (W)is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised; 14 and (X)if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain, your faith also is in vain. 15 Moreover, we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified [g]against God that He (Y)raised [h]Christ, whom He did not raise, if in fact the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead are not raised, then not even Christ has been raised; 17 and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; (Z)you are still in your sins. 18 Then also those who (AA)have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If we have hoped in Christ only in this life, we are (AB)of all people most to be pitied.

The Order of Resurrection

20 But the fact is, Christ (AC)has been raised from the dead, the (AD)first fruits of those who (AE)are asleep. 21 For since (AF)by a man death came, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. 22 For (AG)as in Adam all die, so also in [i]Christ all will be made alive. 23 But each in his own order: Christ (AH)the first fruits, after that (AI)those who are Christ’s at (AJ)His coming, 24 then comes the end, when He hands over (AK)the kingdom to our (AL)God and Father, when He has abolished (AM)all rule and all authority and power. 25 For He must reign (AN)until He has put all His enemies under His feet. 26 The last enemy that will be (AO)abolished is death. 27 For (AP)He has put all things in subjection under His feet. But when He says, “(AQ)All things are put in subjection,” it is clear that [j]this excludes the Father who put all things in subjection to Him. 28 When (AR)all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that (AS)God may be all in all.

29 For otherwise, what will those do who are baptized [k]for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why then are they baptized [l]for them? 30 Why are we also (AT)in danger every hour? 31 I affirm, brothers and sisters, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, that (AU)I die daily. 32 If [m]from human motives I (AV)fought with wild beasts at (AW)Ephesus, what good is it to me? If the dead are not raised, (AX)lets eat and drink, for tomorrow we die. 33 (AY)Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.” 34 (AZ)Sober up [n]morally and stop sinning, for some have (BA)no knowledge of God. (BB)I say this to your shame.

35 But (BC)someone will say, “How are (BD)the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?” 36 (BE)You fool! That which you (BF)sow does not come to life unless it dies; 37 and that which you sow, you do not sow the body which is to be, but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat or of [o]something else. 38 But God gives it a body just as He wished, and (BG)to each of the seeds a body of its own. 39 All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of mankind, another flesh of animals, another flesh of birds, and another of fish. 40 There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one, and the glory of the earthly is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for star differs from star in glory.

42 (BH)So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown [p](BI)a perishable body, it is raised [q](BJ)an imperishable body; 43 it is sown in dishonor, it is raised in (BK)glory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power; 44 it is sown a (BL)natural body, it is raised a (BM)spiritual body. If there is a natural body, there is also a spiritual body. 45 So also it is written: “The first (BN)man, Adam, became a living [r]person.” The (BO)last Adam was a (BP)life-giving spirit. 46 However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural; then the spiritual. 47 The first man is (BQ)from the earth, [s](BR)earthy; the second man is from heaven. 48 As is the earthy one, so also are those who are earthy; and as is the heavenly one, (BS)so also are those who are heavenly. 49 Just as we have (BT)borne the image of the earthy, [t]we (BU)will also bear the image of the heavenly.

The Mystery of Resurrection

50 Now I say this, brothers and sisters, that (BV)flesh and blood cannot (BW)inherit the kingdom of God; nor does [u]the perishable inherit [v](BX)the imperishable. 51 Behold, I am telling you a [w](BY)mystery; we will not all sleep, but we will all be (BZ)changed, 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; for (CA)the trumpet will sound, and (CB)the dead will be raised [x]imperishable, and (CC)we will be changed. 53 For this [y]perishable must put on [z](CD)the imperishable, and this (CE)mortal must put on immortality. 54 But when this [aa]perishable puts on [ab]the imperishable, and this mortal puts on immortality, then will come about the saying that is written: “(CF)Death has been swallowed up in victory. 55 (CG)Where, O Death, is your victory? Where, O Death, is your sting?” 56 The sting of (CH)death is sin, and (CI)the power of sin is the Law; 57 but (CJ)thanks be to God, who gives us the (CK)victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58 (CL)Therefore, my beloved brothers and sisters, be firm, immovable, always excelling in (CM)the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.

Footnotes

  1. 1 Corinthians 15:2 Lit to what word I
  2. 1 Corinthians 15:3 Lit among the first
  3. 1 Corinthians 15:5 Peter’s Aramaic name
  4. 1 Corinthians 15:7 Or Jacob
  5. 1 Corinthians 15:8 Lit to an untimely birth
  6. 1 Corinthians 15:9 Lit who am
  7. 1 Corinthians 15:15 Or concerning
  8. 1 Corinthians 15:15 I.e., the Messiah
  9. 1 Corinthians 15:22 I.e., the Messiah
  10. 1 Corinthians 15:27 Lit except the
  11. 1 Corinthians 15:29 Or in behalf of
  12. 1 Corinthians 15:29 Or in behalf of
  13. 1 Corinthians 15:32 Lit according to man
  14. 1 Corinthians 15:34 Lit righteously
  15. 1 Corinthians 15:37 Lit some of the rest
  16. 1 Corinthians 15:42 Lit in corruption
  17. 1 Corinthians 15:42 Lit in incorruption
  18. 1 Corinthians 15:45 Or soul
  19. 1 Corinthians 15:47 Or made of dust, and so throughout the ch
  20. 1 Corinthians 15:49 Two early mss let’s also
  21. 1 Corinthians 15:50 Lit corruption
  22. 1 Corinthians 15:50 Lit incorruption
  23. 1 Corinthians 15:51 Or secret
  24. 1 Corinthians 15:52 Lit incorruptible
  25. 1 Corinthians 15:53 Lit corruptible
  26. 1 Corinthians 15:53 Lit incorruption
  27. 1 Corinthians 15:54 Lit corruptible
  28. 1 Corinthians 15:54 Lit incorruption