1 Corinthians 15:12-27

Goodspeed(i) 12 Now if what we preach about Christ is that he was raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no such thing as a resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ was not raised, 14 and if Christ was not raised, there is nothing in our message; there is nothing in our faith either, 15 and we are found guilty of misrepresenting God, for we have testified that he raised Christ, when he did not do it, if it is true that the dead are never raised. 16 For if the dead are never raised, Christ was not raised; 17 and if Christ was not raised, your faith is a delusion; you are still under the control of your sins. 18 Yes, and those who have fallen asleep in trust in Christ have perished. 19 If we have centered our hopes on Christ in this life, and that is all, we are the most pitiable people in the world. 20 But the truth is, Christ was raised from the dead, the first to be raised of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since it was through a man that we have death, it is through a man also that we have the raising of the dead. 22 For just as because of their relation to Adam all men die, so because of their relation to Christ they will all be brought to life again. 23 But each in his own turn; Christ first, and then at Christ's coming those who belong to him. 24 After that will come the end, when he will turn over the kingdom to God his Father, bringing to an end all other government, authority, and power, 25 for he must retain the kingdom until he puts all his enemies under his feet. 26 The last enemy to be overthrown will be death, 27 for everything is to be reduced to subjection and put under Christ's feet. But when it says that everything is subject to him, he is evidently excepted who reduced it all to subjection to him.