1 Corinthians 15
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Real Faith
1) Now I declare to you this good news which good news you received and stand upon 2) and are being saved, if you hold to the good news which I preached to you.  Otherwise you really didn't believe. 
 

The Gospel First
3) For I passed on to you first what is most important, and what I also received:  Christ died for our sins, as Scripture prophesied.  4) He was buried and raised on the third day, as Scripture prophesied.  5) Then Peter saw Jesus.  After that, all the twelve saw Jesus.  6) After that He was seen by over 500 of His followers at one time, most of whom are still alive though some have died.  7) Then He was seen by James and then by all the apostles again.  8) Last of all, I saw Jesus! Though my seeing Jesus was like one born at a different time. 
 

Paul's Life
9) For I am the least of all the apostles because I use to persecute the church of God.  10) But whatever I am now, I am because of God's undeserved favor on me.  But it was not without results.  For I have worked harder than all the other apostles, but not really me, it has been the amazing favor and power of God working through me.  11) But whether it is I or they that preach, we all preach the same thing and what you have believed.
 

All Will Resurrect
12) Now if Christ is being proclaimed that He rose from the dead, how can some say the dead cannot or will not resurrected?  13) But if there can be no resurrection of the dead than Christ could not have raised.  14) And what we preach is without merit and your faith is worthless.  15) But more than that, we would be found to be lying about God and how He raised Christ, if in fact the dead cannot be raised.  16) And if the dead cannot be raised than Christ could not have been raised.  17) And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless and you are still guilty of all your sins.  18) Then all who have died believing in Christ are also lost!  19) If our expectation in Christ is only for this life, of all people we would be most pitied.

20) But the fact is:  Christ has been raised from the dead!  And He is the first of all the multitude of His followers that are going to raise from the dead!  21) Since by a man came death, by a Man has come resurrection of the dead.  22) Because of Adam everyone dies.  Because of Christ everyone will be made alive who are in Christ.  23) But each in turn: First Christ resurrected and then when Christ returns everyone in Christ will resurrect.
 

Christ's Return
24) Then when Christ returns He is going to abolish all unrighteous civil rule, all unrighteous authorities and powers.  Then Christ is going to hand over the righteous Kingdom to God the Father.  Finally that ends that chapter in history!  25) For Christ must reign as King until He has put under His feet everyone who opposes Him.  26) The last enemy to be abolished is death.  27) For the Scripture says (Psalms 8:6), "God has put everyone under His authority".  But when God says, "everyone under His authority", it's obvious He did not mean Himself since He gave Christ His authority.


28) Then finally when everyone submits to the authority of the Son, then the Son submits Himself to God the Father, who put everyone under the Son's authority, so that God may be all and all, have all authority over everyone and all things and be utterly supreme. 
 

Overwhelming Suffering For Proclaiming Christ
29) If those physically dead will not be raised, what point is there going through overwhelming suffering for the sake of reaching the spiritually dead?  Why do it unless the physically dead can someday rise again?A

AMost English versions usually translate this verse the same way it was first translated by probably some unsaved "bishop" of King James's court around 1611AD:  "If the dead will not be raised, what point is there being baptized for the sake of those who are dead? Why do it unless the dead can someday rise again?"

However, there are 16 different ways the word "baptism" is used in the New Testament, and water baptism for new believers is only one of the ways.  One of the other ways it was used was for a "baptism of suffering" in Matt. 20:22KJV.  And in the Greek the words "immersed" and "overwhelmed" are also used interchangeable for the word "baptism".  Also the word "dead" is used throughout the New Testament for both physical as well as spiritual.  Therefore, this verse might be translated:  "If those physically dead will not be raised, what point is there going through overwhelming suffering for the sake of reaching the spiritually dead?  Why do it unless the physically dead can someday rise again?"  This reading also happens to fit perfectly within this very context, as well as all other Scripture.    

30) And why are we also in danger every hour?  31) I assure you in boasting in you that I face death every day.  32) And what profit would there have been for me to fight the wild beast of Ephesus if the dead in Christ do not resurrect – Let's eat and drink for tomorrow we die! 
 

Wake Up To Righteousness
33) Don't be deceived: "Bad company corrupts good character."B

BHere Paul quotes from Menander who died in 290BC.  He was a well known Greek dramatist and the best known representative of Athenian New Comedy.            

34) Wake up to righteousness and stop sinning, for some are truly ignorant about God and I say this to your shame.
 

The Resurrection Body
35) But some will ask, "How are the dead raised?  What kind of bodies will they have? 


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