XI. Dealing with the Matter
A. Christ's Resurrection
1 Now I make known to you, brothers, the 1agospel which I announced to you, which also you received, in which also you 2bstand,
2 Through which also you are 1being asaved, if you bhold fast the word which I announced to you as the gospel, unless you have believed cin vain.
3 For I delivered to you, first of all, that which also I areceived, that 1Christ bdied for our csins according to the 2dScriptures;
4 And that He was aburied, and that He has been braised on the cthird day according to the dScriptures;
5 And that He 1appeared to aCephas, then to the btwelve;
6 Then He appeared to over five hundred brothers at one time, of whom the majority remain until now, but some have fallen asleep;
7 Then He appeared to James, then to all the apostles;
8 And last of all He appeared to ame also, as it were to one born prematurely.
9 For I am the aleast of the apostles, who am not fit to be called an apostle, because I bpersecuted the cchurch of God.
10 But by the 1agrace of God I am what I am; and His bgrace unto me did not turn out to be cin vain, but, on the contrary, I dlabored more abundantly than all of them, yet 2not I but the grace of God which is with me.
11 Therefore whether it is I or they, so we preach and so you have believed.
B. The Rebuttal to ``No Resurrection''
12 But if Christ is proclaimed that He has been araised from the dead, how is it that some among you say that there is 1no resurrection of the dead?
13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead, neither has Christ been raised.
14 And if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation is 1avain; your faith is 1bvain also.
15 And also we are found to be false witnesses of God because we have testified concerning God that He araised Christ, whom He did not raise, if indeed the dead are not raised.
16 For if the dead are not raised, neither has Christ been raised.
17 And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is 1futile; you are 2still in your asins.
18 Then also those who have 1afallen asleep in Christ have 2perished.
19 If it is 1only that we have ahoped in Christ in this life, we are of all men most miserable.
C. The History of Resurrection
20 1But now Christ has been araised from the dead, the 2bfirstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
21 For since through 1aman came death, through 2bman also came the cresurrection of the dead.
22 For just as in aAdam all 1die, so also in bChrist all will be 2cmade alive.
23 But each one in his own order: the 1afirstfruits, Christ; then 2bthose who are Christ's at His ccoming;
24 Then the 1end, 2when He 3delivers up the akingdom to His God and Father, 2once He has abolished all brule and all authority and power.
25 For He must 1areign until God bputs all His enemies under His feet.
26 aDeath, the last enemy, is 1being abolished.
27 For 1He has asubjected all things under 2His feet. But when 1He says that all things are subjected, it is evident that all things are except 1Him who has subjected all things to 2Him.
28 And when all things have been asubjected to 1Him, then the 2Son Himself also will be subjected to 3Him who has subjected all things to 1Him, that bGod may be 4call in all.
D. The Moral Influence of Resurrection
29 1Otherwise what shall they who are 2baptized for the dead do? If the dead are actually anot raised, why then are they baptized for them?
30 Why also do we brave adanger every hour?
31 I protest by the 1aboasting in you, brothers, which I have 2in Christ Jesus our Lord, I 1bdie daily.
32 If 1after the manner of men I fought with 2wild beasts at aEphesus, what does it profit me? If the dead are bnot raised, 3let us ceat and drink, for tomorrow we die.
33 Do not be adeceived: 1Evil 2bcompanionships ccorrupt good morals.
34 1aAwake from the drunken stupor righteously and do not sin, for some of you 2are bignorant of God. I speak to your cshame.
E. The Definition of Resurrection
1. The Body of Resurrection
35 But someone will say, How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?
36 Foolish man, 1what you sow is not made alive unless it adies;
37 And what you sow, you do not sow the body that will be, but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat or of some other of the rest.
38 But God gives it a 1body even as He willed, and to each of the seeds its own 1body.
39 1All aflesh is not the same flesh, but one is of bmen, and another flesh is of ccattle, and another is of dbirds, and another is of fish.
40 There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies; but the glory of the heavenly is one thing, and that of the earthly is another.
41 There is another glory of the asun, and another glory of the bmoon, and another glory of the cstars; for star differs from star in glory.
42 So aalso is the bresurrection of the dead. It is sown in ccorruption, it is draised in incorruption;
43 It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in aglory; it is sown in weakness, it is raised in power;
44 It is sown a 1asoulish body, it is raised a 1bspiritual cbody. If there is a soulish body, there is also a spiritual one.
2. A Spiritual Body
45 So also it is written, "The first man, aAdam, became a bliving 1soul''; the last Adam became a clife-giving 1Spirit.
46 But 1the spiritual is not first but 2the soulish, then the spiritual:
47 The first man is 1out of the aearth, earthy; the 2second man is 3out of bheaven.
48 As 1the earthy is, such are 2they also that are earthy; and as 3the heavenly is, such are 4they also that are aheavenly.
49 And even as we have borne the 1aimage of the earthy, we will also bear the 1bimage of the heavenly.
F. The Victory of Resurrection
1. Incorruption over Corruption
50 Now this I say, brothers, that 1aflesh and blood cannot inherit the bkingdom of God, neither does ccorruption inherit dincorruption.
51 Behold, I tell you aa 1mystery: We will not all 2bsleep, but we will all be 3cchanged,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the 1last atrumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the 2dead will be braised incorruptible, and 3we will be changed.
53 For 1this acorruptible must put on incorruption, and 1this bmortal must put on immortality.
2. Life over Death
54 And 1when this corruptible will put on incorruption and this mortal will put on immortality, then the word which is written will come to pass, a"Death has been bswallowed up 2unto 3cvictory.''
55 1Where, aO death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your bsting?
56 The 1sting of adeath is sin, and the 2power of bsin is the claw.
57 But athanks be to God who gives us the 1bvictory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
3. A Motive for the Work of the Lord
58 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be 1asteadfast, immovable, always abounding in the 2bwork of the Lord, knowing that your 3clabor is not din vain in the Lord.