The First Epistle of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians

Chapter 15

Christ died for our sins—He rose from the dead and was seen by many—All men will be resurrected—Paul speaks of baptism for the dead—The three degrees of glory are described—Victory over death comes through Christ.

 Moreover, brethren, I adeclare unto you the bgospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

 By which also ye are asaved, if ye bkeep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ adied for our bsins according to the scriptures;

 And that he was buried, and that he arose again the third day according to the scriptures:

 And that he was aseen of bCephas, then of the twelve:

 After that, he was aseen of babove five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.

 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.

 And last of all he was aseen of me also, as of one born out of due time.

 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not ameet to be called an apostle, because I bpersecuted the church of God.

 10 But by the agrace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I blaboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.

 11 Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.

 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?

 13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:

 14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

 15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have atestified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.

 16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:

 17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is avain; ye are yet in your sins.

 18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are aperished.

 19 If in this alife only we have bhope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.

 20 But now is aChrist brisen from the dead, and become the cfirstfruits of them that slept.

 21 For since by man came adeath, by man came also the bresurrection of the dead.

 22 For as in aAdam all bdie, even so in cChrist shall all be made dalive.

 23 But every man in his own aorder: Christ the bfirstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his ccoming.

 24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have aput down all brule and all cauthority and dpower.

 25 For he must areign, till he hath put all benemies under his cfeet.

 26 The last aenemy that shall be bdestroyed is cdeath.

 27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is amanifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.

 28 And when all things shall be asubdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be bsubject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.

 29 Else what shall they do which are abaptized bfor the dead, if the dead crise not at all? why are they then baptized for the ddead?

 30 And why stand we in ajeopardy every hour?

 31 aI protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

 32 If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us aeat and drink; for bto morrow we die.

 33 Be not deceived: evil acommunications corrupt good manners.

 34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your ashame.

 35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?

 36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it adie:

 37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, ait may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:

 38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.

 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.

 40 aThere are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the bcelestial is one, and the glory of the cterrestrial is another.

 41 There is one glory of the asun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the bstars: for one star cdiffereth from another star in dglory.

 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in acorruption; it is raised in incorruption:

 43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in aglory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:

 44 It is sown a anatural body; it is raised a bspiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.

 45 And so it is written, The afirst man bAdam was made a living soul; the last cAdam was made a dquickening spirit.

 46 Howbeit that was not afirst which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.

 47 The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.

 48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.

 49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.

 50 Now this I say, brethren, that aflesh and bblood cannot cinherit the kingdom of God; neither doth dcorruption inherit incorruption.

 51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all asleep, but we shall all be bchanged,

 52 In a moment, in the atwinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the btrumpet shall sound, and the cdead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be dchanged.

 53 For this acorruptible must put on incorruption, and this bmortal must put on immortality.

 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on aimmortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, bDeath is swallowed up in victory.

 55 O adeath, where is thy sting? O bgrave, where is thy victory?

 56 The sting of adeath is sin; and the bstrength of sin is the law.

 57 But athanks be to God, which giveth us the bvictory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye asteadfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.