1 Corinthians 15
1 Corinthians 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also ye have received, and in which ye stand; 1 Corinthians 15:2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached to you, unless ye have believed in vain.
By Christ's resurrection,
1 Corinthians 15:3 For I delivered to you first of all, that which I also received, that Christ died for our sins, according to the scriptures; 1 Corinthians 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 1 Corinthians 15:5 And that he was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve: 1 Corinthians 15:6 After that he was seen by above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain to this present, but some have fallen asleep. 1 Corinthians 15:7 After that he was seen by James; then by all the apostles. 1 Corinthians 15:8 And last of all he was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time. 1 Corinthians 15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 1 Corinthians 15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which [was bestowed] upon me, was not in vain; but I labored more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. 1 Corinthians 15:11 Therefore whether [it was] I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.
he proveth the necessity of our resurrection, against all such as deny the resurrection of the body.
1 Corinthians 15:12 Now if Christ is 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 is no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not raised. 1 Corinthians 15:14 And if Christ is not raised, then [is] our preaching vain, and your faith [is] also vain. 1 Corinthians 15:15 And indeed we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified concerning God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not, if in truth 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 is not raised, your faith [is] vain; ye are yet in your sins. 1 Corinthians 15:18 Then they also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 1 Corinthians 15:19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. 1 Corinthians 15:20 But now is Christ raised 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, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the first-fruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. 1 Corinthians 15:24 Then [cometh] the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule, and all authority, and power. 1 Corinthians 15:25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 1 Corinthians 15:26 The last enemy [that] shall be destroyed [is] death. 1 Corinthians 15:27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith, all things are put under [him], [it is] manifest that he is excepted who did put all things under him. 1 Corinthians 15:28 And when all things shall be subdued to him, then shall the Son also himself be subject to him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all. 1 Corinthians 15:29 Else what will they do, who 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 jeopardy every hour? 1 Corinthians 15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 1 Corinthians 15:32 If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantage is it to me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to-morrow we die. 1 Corinthians 15:33 Be not deceived: Evil communications corrupt good manners. 1 Corinthians 15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God. I speak [this] to your shame.
and manner thereof,
1 Corinthians 15:35 But some [man] will say, How are the dead raised? and with what body do they come? 1 Corinthians 15:36 [Thou] fool, that which thou sowest is not vivified except it die: 1 Corinthians 15:37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain; it may be of wheat, or of some other [grain]: 1 Corinthians 15:38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed its own 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 fowls. 1 Corinthians 15:40 [There are] also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial [is] one, and the [glory] of the terrestrial [is] another. 1 Corinthians 15:41 [There is] one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for [one] star differeth from [another] star in glory. 1 Corinthians 15:42 So also [is] the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption: 1 Corinthians 15:43 It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power: 1 Corinthians 15:44 It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 1 Corinthians 15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul, the last Adam [was made] a vivifying spirit. 1 Corinthians 15:46 However, that [was] not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 1 Corinthians 15:47 The first man [is] from the earth, earthy: the second man [is] the Lord from heaven. 1 Corinthians 15:48 As [is] the earthy, such [are] they also that are earthy: and as [is] the heavenly, such [are] they also that are heavenly. 1 Corinthians 15:49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. 1 Corinthians 15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
and of the changing of them that shall be found alive at the last day.
1 Corinthians 15:51 Behold, I show you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 1 Corinthians 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet; 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 mortal [must] put on immortality. 1 Corinthians 15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 1 Corinthians 15:55 O death, where [is] thy sting? O grave, where [is] thy victory? 1 Corinthians 15:56 The sting of death [is] sin; and the strength of sin [is] the law. 1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks [be] to God, who giveth us the victory, through our Lord Jesus Christ. 1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.