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1 Cor.

THE RESURRECTION, 15: 9. cuted the Church of God. But by the favor of God I am what I am, and the favor which he showed me did not become useless. On the contrary, I worked harder than any of them. Yet it was not 1, but God's favor working with me. Whether, then, it is I, or they, this is what we proclaim, and this is what you believed.

Now if Christ is proclaimed as having been raised from the dead, how do some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, neither has Christ been raised. And if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation has nothing in it, and your faith has nothing it. Yes, and we are found false witnesses of God. For we bore witness that God raised up the Christ. And he did not raise him up if, that is, the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, neither has Christ been raised. And if Christ has not been raised your faith is to no purpose, you are still under the influence of your wrongdoings. And then those who have fallen asleep as followers of Christ have perished. If it is for this life alone we have hoped in Christ, we are of all men the most to be pitied.

But as it now is, Christ has been raised from the

dead, The first-fruits of those who have fallep asleep.

15: 21.

For since it was by means of man death came,
By means of man, also, came the resurrection

from the dead.
For just as in Adam all die,

So also in the Christ will all be made alive.
But each one in his own order,

Christ the first-fruits,
Then, those who belong to the Christ,

At his coming
Then is the end, when he shall hand over the Kingdom

To his God and Father,
When he shall have brought to an end

Every other dominion, and authority, and power. For he must reign

Till he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death.

For He put everything in subjection under his feet. But when he says: Everything is put in subjection,

It is evident that he is excepted

Who subjected everything to him. And when everything has been subjected to him,

Then will the Son also himself be subjected to him

Who subjected everything to him,
So that God may be everything in everything.

Otherwise what shall they gain who are purified,
If their purification only brings them to death

like other men ?

1 COR. THE FOUNDATION OF CHRISTIANITY. 79 15: 29. If the dead are not raised at all,

Why, then, are they purified for such an end ? And why do we expose ourselves to danger every

hour? Every day am I facing death. By my boasting over you,

Which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, brothers, I assert it. If merely as an ordinary man I fought with strong and cruel enemies at Ephesus,

What is the use of it ? If the dead are not raised,

Let us eat and drink, for to-morrow we die. Do not deceive yourselves.

Evil company corrupts good morals. Rouse yourselves, as you ought to do,

And stop your sinning,

For some are ignorant of God. I am talking to you in this way

To rouse you to shame.

But some one will say : How are the dead going to

be raised ? And with what kind of a body are they going to

come?

You foolish fellow ! What you, yourself, sow does not spring into life,

Unless it dies.

15: 37

And what you sow, is not the future body,

But bare grain,
It may be of wheat,

Or of some other kind.
But God gives it a body just as he sees fit,

And to each of the seeds its own body.
Not every kind of flesh is the same.

But there is one kind peculiar to men.
Another peculiar to beasts,
Another to birds,

Another to fishes.
There are also bodies peculiar to the heavens,

And bodies peculiar to the earth.
But the brightness of the heavenly bodies is one

thing,
And that of the earthly bodies another.
The sun has its brightness,
The moon has its,
The stars have theirs.

For star differs from star in brightness.
It is the same, also, with the resurrection of the

dead. It is sown in a state of corruption. It is raised in a state of incorruption.

It is sown in an offensive condition. It is raised in a condition of preeminent dignity.

It is sown in a state of weakness. It is raised in a state of power.

1 COR. 15: 4.

LAW OF ITS ACCOMPLISAMENT.

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It is sown a natural body. It is raised a spiritual body.

If there is a natural body,
There is also a spiritual body.

And so it is written :
The first man, Adam, became a living soul.

The last Adam, a life-giving spirit.
Yet the spiritual is not first,

But the natural, and then the spiritual. The first man is from the earth, and made of earth.

The second man is from heaven. As is he who is made of earth,

Such are those also who are made of earth. And as is he who is of heavenly origin,

Such are those also who are of heavenly origin. And as we have borne the image of him who is

made of earth, We shall also bear the image of him who is of

heavenly origin.

But this I have to say,

brothers : That flesh and blood cannot share in the Kingdom

of God.
Nor does corruption share in incorruption.
Listen! I have a secret truth to tell you.
We shall not all sleep,
But we shall all be changed,

In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye,

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