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1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; 2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures: 5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: 6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. 7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. 8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. 9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me. 11 Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed. 12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen: 14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain. 15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not. 16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised: 17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins. 18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished. 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable. 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. 22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's at his coming. 24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power. 25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death. 27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him. 28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all. 29 Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead? 30 And why stand we in jeopardy every hour? 31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our LORD, I die daily. 32 If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die. 33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners. 34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame. 35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? 36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die: 37 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain: 38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body. 39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. 40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another. 41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory. 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 43 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power: 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body. 45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. 46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual. 47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven. 48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly. 50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, 52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory? 56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. 58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

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1 Ed H = "Well, Paul now comes to the conclusion of this letter to his beloved, yet conflicted congregation.  Back to the essence, indeed, the gospel of the good news of Christ dying for sins and rising to new life.  He assumes and affirms them remaining, "still standing in the faith."  Indeed, before the full written gospels, this formulation by Paul the beginning of the creed of the church.  Paul weaves his own story into the eye witness accounts of many, Peter, the 12, James the brother of Jesus, and yes, even Paul himself (who always needs to  justify his position as "an apostle" of equal standing of those who have gone before.  Have some fallen away, "believed in vain?"  Well Paul hopes not because he calls them "brothers" thus identifying with them.Easter passage!  Well yes.  We too have received from the Word, from Paul, from God this witness, that Christ died for our sins, and is risen and transformed on the same.  Prayerfully, our belief is firm and not wavering."
2 Sarah R = "See an in-depth explanation of this passage at:https://www.deily.org/commentary/earliest-christian-creed-1-corinthians-153-8 "
3 Jeff Smith = "This is a reference to Peter, or Simon Peter. Jesus gave Simon the second name Cephas, which means rock in Aramaic, to signify that Simon was like a rock on which the church should be built. Read a detailed explanation at the Jewish Encyclopedia."
4 Sarah R = "The Bible is not clear when Jesus appeared to 500 at once, but Paul is so certain of this, he tells his writers "most are still around - ask them if you doubt!" Likely he had spoken to these witnesses himself. We do know that Jesus had more followers than the 12 disciples, so it is possible that some of the accounts we read of in the end of the gospels and the beginning of Acts had more people than we are aware of. This is one of the evidences for the resurrection... there are many more, such as the eyewitness accounts of the disciples themselves, as seen in the gospels."
5 Yaakov ben Chaim Tzvi = "Paul claims that Jesus appeared to “more than five hundred brethren at one time.” Does this present a reliable witness to the Christian claim that Jesus was resurrected?Answer: Some Christians maintain that hallucinations or visions cannot explain the supposed post-resurrection appearances of Jesus. They claim that some five hundred people, at one time, cannot be deluded with the same vision.It is true that it is unlikely that two or more people would have the same hallucination, not to mention eleven or even five hundred. TheQuestion is, however, if the claims made are true to begin with.Paul, writing about twenty-five years after the crucifixion contends, without giving a geographic location, that “upwards of five hundred brethren” had simultaneously seen the resurrected Jesus and that many of them were still alive at the time of his writing (1Corinthians 15:6). No information is provided to indicate whether this experience was a visionary revelation or an actual appearance in the flesh. Moreover, Paul does not tell us whether he was among the five hundred, or whether he had heard the story from one of them, or whether it was merely a story that was circulating among certain Christians. This alleged postresurrection appearance is conspicuously omitted in both the Gospels and the Book of Acts.Had the Corinthians wanted to verify Paul’s statement, it would have been, as Paul must have known, virtually impossible for them to do so, considering the primitive means of communication available in those days. Neither did he mention by name any of the five hundred for possible contact by the Corinthians, had they wanted to seek verification. Who experienced this alleged postresurrection appearance, and when and where this supposedly took place is not stated. The whole incident was either an unverifiable rumor utilized by Paul or simply the result of his overzealous missionary activity."
6 Sarah R = "Paul calls himself the "least of the apostles." He was not among the original twelve who were taught by Jesus and we see him early in the book of Acts persecuting and imprisoning Christians. Then, while on the road to imprison more faithful followers of Jesus, he encounters Jesus Himself. The encounter is such that he immediately converts to a follower of Jesus Himself and becomes one of Christianity's foremost missionaries."
7 Deena E = "The Corinthians had so many issues and disputes: with unity, with sin, with divorce, with doctrine, with women and worship, with spirituality and finally with resurrection as we see here in Chapter 15. The resurrection is what every Jesus follower has to look forward to after this life. Jesus rose from the dead and promised we would rise with Him one day to eternal life. All preaching, teaching, trying to live a sanctified life, even putting one's hope in Jesus is completely in vain if a believer does not believe in the resurrection."
8 Sarah R = "These verses in the Message Bible:"Now, let me ask you something profound yet troubling. If you became believers because you trusted the proclamation that Christ is alive, risen from the dead, how can you let people say that there is no such thing as a resurrection? If there’s no resurrection, there’s no living Christ. And face it—if there’s no resurrection for Christ, everything we’ve told you is smoke and mirrors, and everything you’ve staked your life on is smoke and mirrors. Not only that, but we would be guilty of telling a string of barefaced lies about God, all these affidavits we passed on to you verifying that God raised up Christ—sheer fabrications, if there’s no resurrection.""
9 Sarah R = ""Resurrection is central to the gospel. In fact, without the bodily resurrection of Jesus there is no good news at all. For in Jesus, God personifies His redeeming work and demonstrates the scope of that redemption. He is a God who brings life from death, peace from war, prosperity from adversity, and bounty from famine. The resurrection of Jesus marks a new era of God’s dealing with the world. He intends nothing less than the total reclamation of His good creation damaged by human folly, sin, and death."- The Voice Study Bible note for 1 Corinthians 15."
10 Sarah R = "In other words, if our hope and faith is only for this lifetime, then, as other versions say, we are to be pitied. What hope is that? But no, our hope is for an eternity - for everlasting life, bought by the blood of Jesus for us to spend forever with Him. If all life was is just the seventy or so years we are on Earth, then what we believe matters little. But in light of the possibility of an eternity awaiting us, what we believe suddenly matters a lot. "
11 Sarah Mangum = "Adam is responsible for the original sin of man while belief in Jesus grants a new life in the Kingdom of Heaven."
12 Sarah R = ""The Corinthians must understand that the Resurrection is not an isolated event with limited repercussions. It is rather an integrating and culminating event in God’s sovereign rule over history. Redemption is not complete “until he has put all his enemies under his feet” (v. 25, a clear reference to Ps. 110:1), and since death is “the last enemy” (v. 26), Christ’s work is not done until death is destroyed. Paul’s statement that the Son “will also be subjected” to the Father (v. 28) does not mean that the Son is inferior in dignity and being. Rather, in His messianic work the Son subjects Himself to the will of the Father “when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father” (v. 24). The climax of Christ’s submissive, messianic work is this total conquest over His enemies, “that God may be all in all,” when His absolute rule is universally acknowledged."- The Reformation Study Bible, note for 1 Corinthians 15"
13 Cary W = "It is finished, said Jesus on the cross.  The work is already done, death was defeated at His resurrection.  All things have been overcome by Him, and now He is working His victory into each and everyones life."
14 Sarah R = "This is a quote from Psalms 8:6."
15 Sarah R = "This verse has been highly debated by Christian theologians for the past two thousand years. What does it mean to be baptized for the dead? Is this a practice that Paul is recommending, or is he using sarcasm here?Considering the context and the rest of the New Testament, many theologians believe today that Paul was referring to a pagan custom that was happening at the time. Not he says "they" here and not "we." In other words, he is pointing out that even the non-religious believe in an afterlife and resurrection, so how could the Corinthians be doubting?"
16 Cary W = "Our labor of love in God to proclaim the message of the grace given us in Christ Jesus is the very work of His Spirit in us, and not of our own power or purpose.  As such, we must think and act like citizens of another world, the Kingdom People, and put away the childish ways of men, things and financial gain."
17 Sarah R = "This is a quote from Isaiah 22:13."
18 Cary W = "Words have power, either for edification or for destruction and decay.  Our conversations should always be pleasing to the Lord."
19 Sarah R = "This is a quote from Genesis 2:7."
20 Cary W = "In Christ we all have a new man, a living spirit, and eternal child of the Most High!"
21 Cary W = "I pray we not over analyse these important verses, for in them is a command, not just a promise.  As we moment by moment, look up to the spiritual things of the Kingdom of Heaven and lay aside our vision of the temporal and decaying world we think we see, we begin to clothe ourselves in Christ, Who is our innocence and immortality.By faith we are encouraged to do this and practice this: be clothed in the incorruptible and immortality.  Thus death and decay have no place in our being."
22 Deena E = "Putting on the incorruptible starts with the mind. It's amazing how much power is in our thoughts. Paul is referring to the natural world as corruptible (visible) and supernatural world as incorruptible (invisible). Hebrews 11:3 says that everything visibly seen came from what is unseen. When we put on the incorruptible/immortality, we are putting on faith or as Hebrews 11:1 says the substance of things hoped for. The corruptible/mortal doubts and is already dead in thought."
23 Sarah R = "This is a quote from Isaiah 25:8."
24 Sarah R = "This is a quote from Hosea 13:14."
25 Cary W = "Our faith in the resurrected Christ, that He indeed is alive, is the foundation for our regeneration, not only for the next life, but even now, in our current state.  Resurrection power is ours each and every day, transforming our mortal minds and bodies into the living light of Christ."