The Resurrection of the Dead
But tell me this—since we preach that Christ rose from the dead, why are some of you saying there will be no resurrection
of the dead? For if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised either. And if Christ has not
been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless. And we apostles would all be lying about
God—for we have said that God raised Christ from the grave. But that can’t be true if there is no resurrection of the dead.
And if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then
your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins. In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost!
And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world.
But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died.
So you see, just as death came into the world through a man, now the resurrection from the dead has begun through
another man. Just as everyone dies because we all belong to Adam, everyone who belongs to Christ will be given new life.
But there is an order to this resurrection: Christ was raised as the first of the harvest; then all who belong to Christ
will be raised when he comes back.
After that the end will come, when he will turn the Kingdom over to God the Father, having destroyed every ruler and
authority and power. For Christ must reign until he humbles all his enemies beneath his feet. And the last enemy to be
destroyed is death. For the Scriptures say, “God has put all things under his authority.” (Of course, when it says “all
things are under his authority,” that does not include God himself, who gave Christ his authority.) Then, when all things
are under his authority, the Son will put himself under God’s authority, so that God, who gave his Son authority
over all things, will be utterly supreme over everything everywhere.
If the dead will not be raised, what point is there in people being baptized for those who are dead? Why do it unless
the dead will someday rise again?
And why should we ourselves risk our lives hour by hour? For I swear, dear brothers and sisters, that I face death
daily. This is as certain as my pride in what Christ Jesus our Lord has done in you. And what value was there in fighting
wild beasts—those people of Ephesus—if there will be no resurrection from the dead? And if there is no resurrection,
“Let’s feast and drink, for tomorrow we die!” Don’t be fooled by those who say such things, for “bad company corrupts
good character.” Think carefully about what is right, and stop sinning. For to your shame I say that some of you don’t
know God at all.
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