1 Corinthians 15:12-27

Williams(i) 12 Now if we preach that Christ has been raised from the dead, how is it that some of you are saying that there is no such thing as a resurrection of the dead? 13 If there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised, 14 and if Christ was not raised, the message which we preach has nothing in it; there is nothing in our faith either, 15 and we are found guilty of lying about God, for we have testified that He raised Christ, whom He did not raise, if indeed the dead are never raised. 16 For if the dead are never raised, Christ has not been raised; 17 and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is a mere delusion; you are still under the penalty of your sins. 18 Yes, even those who have fallen asleep, though in union with Christ, have perished. 19 If for this life only we Christians have set our hopes on Christ, we are the most pitiable people in the world. 20 But in reality Christ has been raised from the dead, the first to be raised of those who have fallen asleep. 21 For since it was through a man that death resulted, it was also through a man that the resurrection of the dead resulted. 22 For just as all men die by virtue of their descent from Adam, so all such as are in union with Christ will be made to live again. 23 But each in his proper order; Christ first, then at His coming those who belong to Christ. 24 After that comes the end, when He will turn the kingdom over to God His Father, when He will put an end to all other government, authority, and power; 25 for He must continue to be king until He puts all His enemies under His feet. 26 Death is the last enemy to be stopped, 27 for He has put everything in subjection under His feet. But when He says that everything has been put in subjection to Him, He Himself is evidently excepted who put it all in subjection to Him.