1 But I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached unto you, which you indeed received, in which you also stand, 2 by which you are also saved; which word I preached to you, if you hold it fast, otherwise you believed in vain. 3 For I delivered unto you in the first place that which I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; 4 and that he was buried, and that he arose on the third day according to the Scriptures; 5 and that he was seen by Cephas; then by the twelve. 6 Then he was seen by more than five hundred brethren at once, of whom the more remain unto this day, but some have fallen asleep. 7 Then he was seen by James; then by all the apostles. 8 But last of all he was seen by me, as one born out of due time.
9 For I am the least of the apostles, who am not worthy 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 was not vain toward me; but I have labored more abundantly than they all: and not I, but the grace of God with me. 11 Then whether I or they, so we preach, and so you believed.
12 But if Christ is preached that he is risen from the dead, how do certain ones among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 but if there is no resurrection of the dead, Christ is not risen: 14 but if Christ is not risen, then indeed is our preaching vain, and your faith is vain. 15 And we are indeed found false witnesses of God; because we testified according to God that he raised Christ: whom he did not raise, if then the dead rise not. 16 But if the dead rise not, neither is Christ risen. 17 But if Christ is not risen, your faith is vain; you are yet in your sins. 18 Then indeed those having fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men the most pitiable.
20 But now Christ is risen from the dead, the firstfruit of them that slept. 21 For since death was through a man, the resurrection of the dead is also through a man. 22 For as in Adam all die, so truly in Christ shall all be made alive. 23 But each one in his own rank: Christ the first-fruit; then they who are Christ's, at His coming: 24 then the end, when he may deliver up the kingdom to God, even the Father, when he may destroy all government, all authority and power. 25 For it behooves him to reign until he may put all enemies under his feet. 26 Death the last enemy is destroyed. 27 For, he has subordinated all things beneath his feet. But when he may say, that all things have been subordinated, it is evident that the One having subordinated all things to him is excepted. 28 But when he may subordinate all things to him, then the Son himself will also be subordinated to him who hath subordinated all things to Himself, in order that God may be all things in all.
29 Then what shall they do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead rise not at all, why are they also baptized for them? 30 Why indeed are we in jeopardy every hour? 31 I protest by your rejoicing, brethren, which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily. 32 If after the manner of men I have fought with the wild beasts in Ephesus, what profit is it to 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 to your shame.
35 But one will say, How are the dead raised? and with what body do they come? 36 Thou foolish one, that which thou sowest, is not quickened unless it may die; 37 and that which thou sowest, thou sowest not the body that shall be, but naked grain, if it may happen to be of wheat, or of some one of the other grains; 38 but God gives it a body as he wished; and to each of the seeds its own body. 39 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is indeed a flesh of men, and another flesh of beasts, and another flesh of birds, and another of fishes. 40 Indeed there are heavenly bodies, and there are earthly bodies: but indeed there is one glory of the heavenlies, and another glory of those upon the earth. 41 There 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: 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption: 43 it is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power. 44 It is sown a psychical body; it is raised a pneumatical body. If there is a psychical body, there is also a pneumatical (body). 45 As indeed it has been written; The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last man Adam, a life-creating spirit. 46 But that which is spiritual was not first, but that which is animal; afterward that which is spiritual.
47 The first man was from the earth, earthy: the second man from heaven. 48 As was the earthy, such are they also who are earthy; and as was the heavenly, such are they also who are heavenly. 49 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we must also bear the image of the heavenly.
50 But I say this, brethren, that flesh and blood are not able to inherit the kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I speak to 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 trumpet: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 53 For it behooves this corruptible to put on incorruption, and this mortal to put on immortality. 54 But when this corruptible may put on incorruption, and this mortal may put on immorality, then shall the word which has been written be fulfilled, Death is swallowed up in victory. 55 O death, where is thy victory? O death, where is thy sting? 56 But the sting of death is sin; and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be unto God, who gives us our victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
58 So, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.