1 Corinthians 15: The gospel, by which also you are saved—unless you believed in vain

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1 Corinthians 15
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Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand,
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by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you; unless you believed in vain.
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For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
4
and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,
5
and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve.
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.
7
After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles.
8
Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.
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For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
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.
11
Therefore, whether 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 is no resurrection of the dead?
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But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen.
14
And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.
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.
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For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen.
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And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!
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Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
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If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.
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But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
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For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.
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For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
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But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ's at His coming.
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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.
25
For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet.
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The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.
27
For "He has put all things under His feet." But when He says "all things are put under Him," it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted.
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.
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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?
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And why do we stand in jeopardy every hour?
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I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
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!"
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Do not be deceived: "Evil company corrupts good habits."
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Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.
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But someone will say, "How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?"
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Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies.
37
And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain; perhaps wheat or some other grain.
38
But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body.
39
All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds.
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.
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.
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So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption.
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It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.
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It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
45
And so it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
46
However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual.
47
The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven.
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.
49
And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.
50
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.
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Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed;
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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.
53
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
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."
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"O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?"
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The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.
57
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
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.

1 Corinthians 15:1-2

2. Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand, by which also you are saved, —unless you believed in vain

1 Corinthians 15:1-2
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Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand,
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by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you; unless you believed in vain.

  1. What had they received?
    • 1 Corinthians 15:1
      Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received and in which you stand,
  2. Why must they hold fast to the gospel?
    • 1 Corinthians 15:2
      by which also you are saved, if you hold fast that word which I preached to you; unless you believed in vain.

1 Corinthians 15:3-8

3. For I delivered to you first of all: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, He was buried, and that He rose again

1 Corinthians 15:3-8
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For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures,
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and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,
5
and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve.
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.
7
After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles.
8
Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.

  1. What did Paul deliver to the Corinthians?
    • 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,
  2. question?
    • 1 Corinthians 15:4-5
      4
      and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures,
      5
      and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve.
  3. Who else was the risen Christ seen by?
    • 1 Corinthians 15:6-7
      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.
      7
      After that He was seen by James, then by all the apostles.
  4. Who was the last to see Jesus?
    • 1 Corinthians 15:8
      Then last of all He was seen by me also, as by one born out of due time.

1 Corinthians 15:9-11

4. 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 15:9-11
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For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
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.
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Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

  1. How did Paul view himself?
    • 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.
  2. Why did Paul labor more than all the other apostles?
    • 1 Corinthians 15:10-11
      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.
      11
      Therefore, whether it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

1 Corinthians 15:12-19

5. If Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins 

1 Corinthians 15:12-19
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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?
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But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen.
14
And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.
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.
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For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen.
17
And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!
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Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
19
If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.

  1. What were some saying about the resurrection of the dead?
    • 1 Corinthians 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?
  2. If there is no resurrection, what else follows?
    • 1 Corinthians 15:13-16
      13
      But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ is not risen.
      14
      And if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is empty and your faith is also empty.
      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.
      16
      For if the dead do not rise, then Christ is not risen.
  3. If Jesus is not risen, what happens to our faith, and what happens to those who have fallen asleep?
    • 1 Corinthians 15:17-18
      17
      And if Christ is not risen, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins!
      18
      Then also those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
  4. If in this life only we have hope, what does that mean about us?
    • 1 Corinthians 15:19
      If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.

1 Corinthians 15:20-28

6. But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep

1 Corinthians 15:20-28
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But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
21
For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.
22
For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
23
But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ's at His coming.
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.
25
For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet.
26
The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.
27
For "He has put all things under His feet." But when He says "all things are put under Him," it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted.
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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.

  1. What is Jesus the fistfights of?
    • 1 Corinthians 15:20
      But now Christ is risen from the dead, and has become the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
  2. How did death and the resurrection come?
    • 1 Corinthians 15:21
      For since by man came death, by Man also came the resurrection of the dead.
  3. What happens in Adam, and what happens in Christ?
    • 1 Corinthians 15:22-23
      22
      For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ all shall be made alive.
      23
      But each one in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, afterward those who are Christ's at His coming.
  4. What will God do in the end?
    • 1 Corinthians 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.
  5. What must happen first?
    • 1 Corinthians 15:25
      For He must reign till He has put all enemies under His feet.
  6. What is the last enemy to be destroyed?
    • 1 Corinthians 15:26
      The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.
  7. What will be made subject to Jesus?
    • 1 Corinthians 15:26-27
      26
      The last enemy that will be destroyed is death.
      27
      For "He has put all things under His feet." But when He says "all things are put under Him," it is evident that He who put all things under Him is excepted.
  8. When all things are made subject to Christ, what will happen?
    • 1 Corinthians 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.

1 Corinthians 15:29-34

7. Do not be deceived: “Evil company corrupts good habits” 

1 Corinthians 15:29-34
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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?
30
And why do we stand in jeopardy every hour?
31
I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
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!"
33
Do not be deceived: "Evil company corrupts good habits."
34
Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.

  1. What good will baptism do us if the dead are not raised?
    • 1 Corinthians 15:29-30
      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?
      30
      And why do we stand in jeopardy every hour?
  2. What had Paul gone through for them?
    • 1 Corinthians 15:31-32
      31
      I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
      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!"
  3. What are we not to be deceived about?
    • 1 Corinthians 15:33
      Do not be deceived: "Evil company corrupts good habits."
  4. What are we to do?
    • 1 Corinthians 15:34
      Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. I speak this to your shame.

1 Corinthians 15:35-38

8. But someone will say, “How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?” Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies

1 Corinthians 15:35-38
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But someone will say, "How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?"
36
Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies.
37
And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain; perhaps wheat or some other grain.
38
But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body.

  1. What will some say?
    • 1 Corinthians 15:35
      But someone will say, "How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?"
  2. What analogies does Paul use here?
    • 1 Corinthians 15:36-37
      36
      Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies.
      37
      And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain; perhaps wheat or some other grain.
  3. What does God do?
    • 1 Corinthians 15:38
      But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body.

1 Corinthians 15:39-41

9. All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds

1 Corinthians 15:39-41
39
All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds.
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.
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.

  1. How does flesh differ?
    • 1 Corinthians 15:39
      All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds.
  2. How do celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies differ?
    • 1 Corinthians 15:40-41
      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.
      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.

1 Corinthians 15:42-45

10. There are also celestial bodies and terrestrial bodies; but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another

  1. How does Paul describe the resurrection?
    • 1 Corinthians 15:42-44
      42
      So also is the resurrection of the dead. The body is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption.
      43
      It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.
      44
      It is sown a natural body, it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
  2. What did the first Adam become?
    • 1 Corinthians 15:45
      And so it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.
  3. What did the last Adam become?
    • 1 Corinthians 15:45
      And so it is written, "The first man Adam became a living being." The last Adam became a life-giving spirit.

 1 Corinthians 15:46-49

11. However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual. The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven

1 Corinthians 15:46-49
46
However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual.
47
The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven.
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.
49
And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.

  1. Which came first, the spiritual man, or the natural man?
    • 1 Corinthians 15:46
      However, the spiritual is not first, but the natural, and afterward the spiritual.
  2. How were they different?
    • 1 Corinthians 15:47
      The first man was of the earth, made of dust; the second Man is the Lord from heaven.
  3. How does Paul describe those who are made of dust, and those who are heavenly?
    • 1 Corinthians 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.
  4. What images have we borne?
    • 1 Corinthians 15:49
      And as we have borne the image of the man of dust, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly Man.

1 Corinthians 15:50-58

12. Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— 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

1 Corinthians 15:50-58
50
Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.
51
Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed;
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.
53
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
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."
55
"O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?"
56
The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.
57
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
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.

  1. What cannot inherit the kingdom of God?
    • 1 Corinthians 15:50
      Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption.
  2. What is the mystery about falling asleep?
    • 1 Corinthians 15:51
      Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed;
  3. How, and when will we changed?
    • 1 Corinthians 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.
  4. What must the corruptible and mortal put on?
    • 1 Corinthians 15:53
      For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
  5. What is swallowed up?
    • 1 Corinthians 15:54-55
      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."
      55
      "O Death, where is your sting? O Hades, where is your victory?"
  6. What is the sting of death, and what is the strength of sin?
    • 1 Corinthians 15:56
      The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law.
  7. Who are we to give thanks to, and why?
    • 1 Corinthians 15:57
      But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
  8. Why must we be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord?
    • 1 Corinthians 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.