1 Corinthians 15, REV Bible and Commentary (2024)

THE RESURRECTION (15:1-58)
Christ’s Resurrection and the Good News

1Now brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the good news that I proclaimed to you, which also you received, in which also you stand,
2and by which you are being saved if you hold on firmly to the message that I proclaimed to you—unless you believed it in vain.
3For I delivered to you as of first importance that which also I received: that Christa died for our sins according to the scriptures,
4and that he was buried, and that he was raised on the third day according to the scriptures,
5and that he appeared to Cephas, then to the Twelve.
6Then he appeared to more than 500 brothers and sisters at once (most of whom remain alive until now, but some have fallen asleep),
7then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles,
8and last of all, as to one untimely born, he appeared to me also.
9For I am the least of the apostles, who am not fit to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
10But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not found worthless. On the contrary, I labored even more than any of them, yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me.
11Whether then it was I or they, so we preach, and so you believed.

Christ’s Resurrection and Our Trust

12Now if Christ is being preached that he has been raised from among the dead, why are some among you saying that there is no resurrection of the dead?
13But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised,
14and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is worthless, and your trust is also worthless.
15Indeed, we are even found to be false witnesses of God, because we testified in contradiction to God that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if in fact the dead are not raised.
16For if the dead are not raised, then even Christ has not been raised.
17And if Christ has not been raised, your trust is pointless; you are still in your sins.
18Then also, those who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.
19And also, if in this life we have only put our hope in Christ, we are of all people to be pitied the most.

Christ’s Resurrection as the Firstfruits

20But in fact, Christ has been raised from among the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
21For since death came by a man, the resurrection of the dead also came by a man.
22For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.
23But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then those who are Christ’s, at his coming.
24Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to his God and Father, after he brings to an end every ruler and every authority and power.
25For it is necessary for him to reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.
26The last enemy that will be brought to an end is death.
27For He has put all things in subjection under his feet.b But when it says, “all things” have been put in subjection, it is clear that the One who subjected all things to him is not included.
28And when all things have been put in subjection to him, then the Son will subject himself to Him who put all things in subjection to him, so that God is all in all.

Additional Support for Christ’s Resurrection

29Otherwise, what will those do who are being baptized for the sake of those who are dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why then are they baptized for them?
30Why are we in danger every hour?
31I die every day! I swear this, brothers and sisters, by your reason to boast, that is, Christ Jesus our Lord.
32If for merely human motives I fought with wild beasts at Ephesus, what does it profit me if the dead are not raised? Let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die.c

33Do not be deceived: “Bad company corrupts good morals.”d
34Start thinking clearly, as is right, and stop sinning, for some have no knowledge of God. I say this to move you to shame.

The Nature of Resurrection

35But someone will say, “How are the dead raised? And with what kind of body do they come?”
36You senseless one, that which you sow does not come to life unless it dies.
37And that which you sow, you do not sow the body that will be, but a bare grain, perhaps of wheat, or of something else.
38But God gives it a body just as it pleased him, and to each of the seeds he gives a body of its own.
39All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of humans, and another flesh of animals, and another flesh of birds, and another of fish.
40There are also heavenly bodies and earthly bodies, but the glory of the heavenly is one kind, and the glory of the earthly is another.
41There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars, for star differs from star in glory.
42So it is with the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption, it is raised in incorruption.
43It is sown in dishonor, it is raised in glory. It is sown in weakness, it is raised in power.
44It is sown a soul body, it is raised a spiritual body. Since there is a soul body, there is also a spiritual one.
45So also it is written, the first man, Adam, became a living soul.e The last Adam has become a life-giving spirit.
46But the spiritual is not first, on the contrary, the soul body is; after that is the spiritual.
47The first man is of the earth, made of dust; the second man is of heaven.
48Like the one made of dust, so too are those who are of the dust; and like the heavenly man, so too will be the heavenly ones.
49And just as we have borne the image of the man made of dust, we will also bear the image of the heavenly man.

Victory in Resurrection

50Now I say this, brothers and sisters: flesh and blood is not able to inherit the Kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption.
51Look! I tell you a sacred secret: we will not all sleep, but we will all be changed.
52In a moment, in the blink of an eye, at the last trumpet, for the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we will be changed.
53For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54Now when this corruptible puts on incorruptibility, and this mortal puts on immortality, then the word that has been written will be brought to pass: Death has been swallowed up in victory.f
55O Death, where is your victory? O Death, where is your sting?g
56The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin comes from the law,
57but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58So then, my beloved brothers and sisters, be steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.

d[33]

An exact quote from the play Thais, by Menander (342-291 BC), but likely widely used by Paul’s time.

1 Corinthians 15, REV Bible and Commentary (2024)

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What is the main point of 1 Corinthians 15? ›

1 Corinthians 15 is Paul's most extensive presentation of Christ's Parousia and our bodily resurrection as a result of Christ's future coming.

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(1) In this case the rhetorical strategy is to promote acknowledgment of the reality of Christ's resurrection, not unlike ancient judicial or forensic speeches. Such attempts to prove the resurrection are largely misplaced, however, since this was not Paul's goal.

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It is in the light of this gospel (all that the death and resurrection of Jesus have achieved, all the advancing kingdom of King Jesus is accomplishing, and all that we will inherit in resurrection existence on the last day) that Paul writes to these Corinthian believers and to us, and he says, “Therefore, my dear ...

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Some of the Christians in Corinth were saying there is no resurrection from the dead for Christians. They believed either that existence merely ends at death, even for believers, or that the spirit goes on into a non-physical eternity.

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Paul learned that individuals in Corinth were teaching that there was no Resurrection of the dead. He testified to Church members in Corinth that Jesus Christ rose from the dead. Paul then further expounded the doctrine of the Resurrection and its implications for all of Heavenly Father's children.

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In this letter to the church at Corinth, Paul covered a number of different issues related to both life and doctrine: divisions and quarrels, sexual immorality, lawsuits among believers, marriage and singleness, freedom in Christ, order in worship, the significance of the Lord's Supper, and the right use of spiritual ...

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Audience: Paul wrote to Gentile Christians living in Corinth. This letter was sent a few years after he personally founded the church in that city. These believers were condemned for pride, sexual immorality, misuse of spiritual gifts, and misunderstanding various Christian beliefs such as the Lord's Supper.

What is the resurrection of the dead in 1 Corinthians 15? ›

In these verses the Apostle Paul declares that Christ's Resurrection means that all shall rise again. 20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept. 21 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.

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As such, in the immediate context of 1 Cor 15:58, Paul identifies his fellow 'workers' and those doing the 'work of the Lord' as those who are active in ministering to and serving the needs of others in the church.

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Verse 19 carries the hyperbole: “If for this life only we have hoped in Christ, we are of all people most to be pitied.” Clearly that would truncate the audacious claim Paul is making, namely, that through Christ our hope extends to eternity.

What is the reflection of 1 Corinthians 15 10? ›

1 Corinthians 15:10 Teaches Us to Rely on God's Grace

Then get to the end of the day, and as you've worked hard, and by God's grace, fruit has come, then lay down on the bed and realize it was all because of Christ. God, we praise you for Your grace in our lives.

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The epistle is attributed to Paul the Apostle and a co-author, Sosthenes, and is addressed to the Christian church in Corinth.

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Among the myriad problems in the Corinthian church were: claims of spiritual superiority over one another, suing one another in public courts, abusing the communal meal, and sexual misbehavior. Paul wrote to demand higher ethical and moral standards.

Can Christianity exist without the resurrection? ›

Would we lose anything if Jesus was raised spiritually or just in the hearts of his followers, some ask. Paul answers with a resounding yes! A Christianity without the power of the resurrection is no Christianity at all. If there were no resurrection, there would be no hope.

Which apostle didn't believe in resurrection? ›

A doubting Thomas is a skeptic who refuses to believe without direct personal experience – a reference to the Gospel of John's depiction of the Apostle Thomas, who, in John's account, refused to believe the resurrected Jesus had appeared to the ten other apostles until he could see and feel Jesus's crucifixion wounds.

What is the point of the persistent widow sermon? ›

In conclusion, the Parable of the Persistent Widow teaches us about the importance of persistence in prayer and faith. We must always pray and never lose heart or give up when facing obstacles, but instead, pray continually like the widow who kept coming to the unjust judge. Through her persistence, justice was served.

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Visiting orphans and widows is so much more than just taking a trip to another country to hand out some food to people you will never see again; visiting orphans and widows means to look after, to take care of, to provide for, with the implication of continuous responsibility.

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Someday, and it could be today, Jesus will return. The dead will be raised and that which is corruptible will be made incorruptible. We will be given the body we've always wanted. But we don't have to wait till Jesus comes to be the Body we're supposed to be.

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But the apostle Paul's comment at 1 Corinthians 15:19 indicated that a person who endured suffering for his hope merited pity if that hope was baseless. There is ample reason to conclude that the way of life produced by practicing true Christianity is a good one. Consider some proof of that.

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