Now, if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection from the dead?  But, if there is no resurrection from the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.  And, if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.  We are even found to be misrepresenting God because we testified, about God, that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised.  For, if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised.  And, if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins.  Then, those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished.  If, in Christ, we have hope in this life only, we are, of all people, most to be pitied.

But, in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.  For as, by a man, came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead.  For, as in Adam all die, so also, in Christ, shall all be made alive.  But, each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits, then, at His coming, those who belong to Christ.  Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power.  For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.  The last enemy to be destroyed is death.  For “God has put all things in subjection under His feet” (Psalm 8.6).  But, when it says, “all things are put in subjection,” it is plain that He is excepted who put all things in subjection under Him.  When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself will also be subjected to Him who put all things under subjection under Him, that God may be all in all.

Otherwise, what do people mean by being baptized on behalf of the dead?  If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized on their behalf?  Why are we in danger every hour?  I protest, brothers, by my pride in you, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die every day!  What do I gain if, humanly speaking, I fought with beasts at Ephesus?  If the dead are not raised, “let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die” (Isaiah 22.13).  Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”  Wake up from your drunken stupor, as is right, and do not go on sinning.  For some have no knowledge of God.  I say this to your shame.  (1 Corinthians 15.12-34)

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