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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.
For since it was by means of man death came,
from the dead.
So also in the Christ will all be made alive.
Christ the first-fruits,
At his coming
To his God and Father,
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,
Otherwise what shall they gain who are purified,
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
You foolish fellow ! What you, yourself, sow does not spring into life,
Unless it dies.
And what you sow, is not the future body,
But bare grain,
Or of some other kind.
And to each of the seeds its own body.
But there is one kind peculiar to men.
Another to fishes.
And bodies peculiar to the earth.
For star differs from star in brightness.
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.
It is sown a natural body. It is raised a spiritual body.
If there is a natural body,
And so it is written :
The last Adam, a life-giving spirit.
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
But this I have to say,
brothers : That flesh and blood cannot share in the Kingdom
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye,