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1 Corinthians 15 :: New King James Version (NKJV)

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The Risen Christ, Faith’s Reality
Christ’s Resurrection and Our Resurrection
(cf. Mark 16:9–20 )
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:1 - Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand,
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:2 - by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you—unless you believed in vain.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 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,
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:4 - and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:5 - and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:6 - After that He was seen by over five hundred brethren at once, of whom the greater part remain to the present, but some have fallen asleep.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:7 - After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:8 - Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 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.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:10 - But by the grace of God I am what I am, and His grace toward 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.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:11 - Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.
The Risen Christ, Our Hope
(cf. 1 Thess. 4:13–18 )
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:12 - Now if Christ is preached that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:13 - But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:14 - And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:15 - Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God, because we have testified of God that He raised up Christ, whom He did not raise up—if in fact the dead do not rise.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:16 - For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:17 - And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:18 - Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:19 - If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.
The Last Enemy Destroyed
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:20 - But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:21 - For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:22 - For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:23 - But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ’s at His coming.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:24 - Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:25 - For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:26 - The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:27 - For “He has put all things under His feet.”[fn] But when He says “all things are put under Him,it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:28 - Now when all things are made subject to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subject to Him who put all things under Him, that God may be all in all.
Effects of Denying the Resurrection
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:29 - Otherwise, what will they do who are baptized for the dead, if the dead do not rise at all? Why then are they baptized for the dead?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:30 - And why do we stand in jeopardy every hour?
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:31 - I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:32 - If, in the manner of men, I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantage is it to me? If the dead do not rise, “Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die!”[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:33 - Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits.”
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:34 - Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.
A Glorious Body
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:35 - But someone will say, “How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?”
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:36 - Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:37 - And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain—perhaps wheat or some other grain.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:38 - But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:39 - All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh[fn] of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:40 - There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:41 - There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:42 - So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:43 - It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 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.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:45 - And so it is written, “The first man Adam became a living being.”[fn] The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:46 - However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:47 - The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord[fn] from heaven.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:48 - As was the man of dust, so also are those who are made of dust; and as is the heavenly Man, so also are those who are heavenly.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:49 - And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear[fn] the image of the heavenly Man.
Our Final Victory
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:50 - Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:51 - Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:52 - in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:53 - For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:54 - So when this corruptible has put on incorruption, and this mortal has put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written: “Death is swallowed up in victory.”[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:55 - “O Death, where is your sting?[fn]
O Hades, where is your victory?”[fn]
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:56 - The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:57 - But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Unchecked Copy Box1Co 15:58 - Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
NKJV Footnotes
Psalm 8:6
Isaiah 22:13
NU-Text and M-Text omit of flesh.
Genesis 2:7
NU-Text omits the Lord.
M-Text reads let us also bear.
Isaiah 25:8
Hosea 13:14
NU-Text reads O Death, where is your victory? O Death, where is your sting?

New King James Version, © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. All rights reserved. Used by permission.

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