1 Corinthians 15
1 Corinthians 15:1 Moreouer brethren, I declare vnto you the Gospel which I preached vnto you, which also you haue receiued, and wherein yee stand. 1 Corinthians 15:2 By which also yee are saued, if yee keepe in memorie what I preached vnto you, vnlesse yee haue beleeued in vaine.
By Christ's resurrection,
1 Corinthians 15:3 For I deliuered vnto you first of all, that which I also receiued, how that Christ died for our sinnes according to the Scriptures: 1 Corinthians 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose againe the third day according to the Scriptures. 1 Corinthians 15:5 And that he was seene of Cephas, then of the twelue. 1 Corinthians 15:6 And that hee was seene of aboue fiue hundred brethren at once: of whom the greater part remaine vnto this present, but some are fallen asleepe. 1 Corinthians 15:7 After that, he was seen of Iames, then of all the Apostles. 1 Corinthians 15:8 And last of all he was seene of me also, as of one borne out of due time. 1 Corinthians 15:9 For I am the least of the Apostles, that am not meet to be called an Apostle because I persecuted ye Church of God. 1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was [bestowed] vpon me, was not in vaine: But I laboured more abundantly then they all, yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me: 1 Corinthians 15:11 Therefore, whether it were I or they, so we preach, aud so ye beleeued.
he proveth the necessity of our resurrection, against all such as deny the resurrection of the body.
1 Corinthians 15:12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you, that there is no resurrection of the dead? 1 Corinthians 15:13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen. 1 Corinthians 15:14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vaine, and your faith is also vaine: 1 Corinthians 15:15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we haue testified of God, that he raised vp Christ: whom hee raised not vp, if so bee that the dead rise not. 1 Corinthians 15:16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised. 1 Corinthians 15:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vaine, ye are yet in your sinnes. 1 Corinthians 15:18 Then they also which are fallen asleepe in Christ, are perished. 1 Corinthians 15:19 If in this life only we haue hope in Christ, wee are of all men most miserable. 1 Corinthians 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, [and] become the first fruits of them that slept.
1 Corinthians 15:21 For since by man [came] death, by man [came] also the resurrection of the dead. 1 Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, euen so in Christ shall all be made aliue. 1 Corinthians 15:23 But euery man in his owne order. Christ the first fruits, afterward they that are Christs, at his comming. 1 Corinthians 15:24 Then [commeth] the end, when he shall haue deliuered vp the kingdome to God euen the Father, when he shall haue put downe all rule, and all authority and power. 1 Corinthians 15:25 For he must reigne, till hee hath put all enemies vnder his feete. 1 Corinthians 15:26 The last enemie [that] shall be destroyed, [is] death. 1 Corinthians 15:27 For he hath put all things vnder his feete; but when hee saith all things are put vnder him, it is manifest that he is excepted which did put all things vnder him. 1 Corinthians 15:28 And when all things shall bee subdued vnto him, then shal the Sonne also himselfe bee subiect vnto him that put all things vnder him, that God may be all in all. 1 Corinthians 15:29 Else what shal they do, which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all, why are they then baptized for the dead? 1 Corinthians 15:30 And why stand we in ieopardy euery houre? 1 Corinthians 15:31 I protest by your reioycing which I haue in Christ Iesus our Lord, I die dayly. 1 Corinthians 15:32 If after the maner of men I haue fought with beasts at Ephesus, what aduantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let vs eate and drinke, for to morrowe wee die. 1 Corinthians 15:33 Bee not deceiued: euill communications corrupt good manners. 1 Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousnesse, and sinne not: for some haue not the knowledge of God, I speake this to your shame.
and manner thereof,
1 Corinthians 15:35 But some man will say, How are the dead raysed vp? and with what body doe they come? 1 Corinthians 15:36 Thou foole, that which thou sowest, is not quickened except it die. 1 Corinthians 15:37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare graine, it may chance of wheate, or of some other [graine]. 1 Corinthians 15:38 But God giueth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to euery seed his owne body. 1 Corinthians 15:39 All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one [kind of] flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. 1 Corinthians 15:40 There are also celestiall bodies, and bodies terrestriall: But the glorie of the celestiall is one, and the glorie of the terrestriall is another. 1 Corinthians 15:41 There is one glory of the sunne, another of the moone, and another glorie of the starres: for [one] starre differeth from [another] starre in glorie. 1 Corinthians 15:42 So also is the resurrection of the dead, it is sowen in corruption, it is raised in incorruption. 1 Corinthians 15:43 It is sowen in dishonour, it is raysed in glorie: it is sowen in weakenesse, it is raysed in power: 1 Corinthians 15:44 It is sowen a naturall body, it is raised a spirituall bodie. There is a naturall bodie, and there is a spirituall bodie. 1 Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written: The first man Adam was made a liuing soule, the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 1 Corinthians 15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spirituall: but that [which is] naturall, and afterward that [which is] spirituall. 1 Corinthians 15:47 The first man [is] of the earth, earthy: The second man [is] the Lord from heauen. 1 Corinthians 15:48 As is the earthy, such are they that are earthy, and as is the heauenly, such [are] they also that are heauenly. 1 Corinthians 15:49 And as we haue borne the image of the earthy, wee shall also beare the image of the heauenly. 1 Corinthians 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh & blood cannot inherite the kingdome of God: neither doth corruption inherite incorruption.
and of the changing of them that shall be found alive at the last day.
1 Corinthians 15:51 Behold, I shew you a mysterie: we shall not all sleepe, but wee shall all be changed, 1 Corinthians 15:52 In a moment, in the twinckling of an eye, at the last trumpe, (for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.) 1 Corinthians 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortall must put on immortalitie. 1 Corinthians 15:54 So when this corruptible shall haue put on incorruption, & this mortall shall haue put on immortality, then shall be brought to passe the saying that is written, Death is swallowed vp in victorie. 1 Corinthians 15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O graue, where is thy victorie? 1 Corinthians 15:56 The sting of death is sinne, and the strength of sinne is the law. 1 Corinthians 15:57 But thankes bee to God, which giueth vs the victorie, through our Lord Iesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore my beloued brethren, be yee stedfast, vnmoueable, alwayes abounding in the worke of the Lord, forasmuch as you know that your labour is not in vaine in the Lord.