1 Corinthians 15 ©
From the truth of Christ's resurrection Paul inferreth the necessity of our own. Christ, the firstfruits, being raised, shall be followed in due order by those that are his; till having subdued all enemies he shall give up the kingdom to God the Father. If there be no resurrection of the dead, in vain is it for any one to risk his life, as the apostle did, continually. The manner of the resurrection. The change which shall be wrought at the last day in the bodies both of the dead and the living. An exhortation to stedfast faith and perseverance in our duty.
For gI delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, hhow that Christ died ifor our sins according to the scriptures;
But uby the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but vI laboured more abundantly than they all: wyet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
And aif Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
Then they also which are efallen asleep in Christ are perished.
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 :
fAll 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.
There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
kIt is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
And as we have borne the image of the earthy, qwe shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
bO death, where is thy sting? O 6grave, where is thy victory?
fTherefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in gthe work of the Lord, *forasmuch as ye know hthat your labour is not in vain in the Lord.