THE FIRST EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE
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—Victory over death comes through Christ.
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
, then of the twelve:
After that, he was aseen
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.
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.
Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.
Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:
And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
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.
For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
And if Christ be not raised, your faith is avain
; ye are yet in your sins.
Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are aperished
If in this alife
only we have bhope
in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
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
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.
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.
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
And why stand we in ajeopardy
protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
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.
Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this
to your ashame
But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?
fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it adie
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:
But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
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.
are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the bcelestial is
one, and the glory
of the cterrestrial is
one glory of the asun
, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the bstars
: for one
star in dglory
So also is
the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in acorruption
; it is raised in incorruption:
It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in aglory
: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
It is sown a anatural
body; it is raised a bspiritual
body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
And so it is written, The afirst
was made a living soul; the last cAdam was made
Howbeit that was
which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven.
As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all asleep
, but we shall all be bchanged
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
For this acorruptible
must put on incorruption, and this bmortal must
put on immortality.
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.
, where is
thy sting? O bgrave
, where is
The sting of adeath is
sin; and the bstrength
of sin is
But athanks be
to God, which giveth us the bvictory
through our Lord Jesus Christ.
Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye astedfast
, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.