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I Corinthians 15 

World English Bible in Bold 

Lee Delbridge’s Comments in Italics


1 Now I (The Apostle Paul) declare to you, brothers (fellow Christians), the gospel (good news) which I (Paul) preached (proclaimed) to you (Corinthians), which also you received (accepted), in which you also stand (remain), 2 by which (the gospel) also you are saved (have eternal life), if you hold firmly the word (this gospel) which I (Paul) preached (proclaimed) to you--unless you believed in vain (were insincere in your Faith). 3 For I (Paul) delivered (preached, taught) to you (Corinthians) first of all that which I (Paul) also received (from Jesus,I did not make it up): that Christ (Jesus) died for our sins (to pay the penalty for for sins; an atoning sacrifice) according to the Scriptures (Bible), 4 that he (Jesus) was buried (died and was buried), that he (Jesus) was raised (resurrected from the dead) on the third day (The Lord’s Day; the first day of the week) according to the Scriptures (Bible; it had been predicted by Jesus and others), 5 and that he (Jesus) appeared (alive, in a body) to Cephas (Peter), then to the twelve (all the Apostles). 6 Then he (Jesus) appeared (alive) to over five hundred brothers at once, most of whom remain until now (many of the 500 were still alive at the time Paul wrote this in case anyone wanted to check it out), but some have also fallen asleep (some the 500 had died). 7 Then he (Jesus) appeared (alive) to James (Jesus’ half brother), then to all the apostles (again), 8 and last of all, as to the child born at the wrong time, he (Jesus) appeared to me (the Apostle Paul) also. 9 For I (Paul) am the least of the apostles (chosen representatives of Jesus), who (Paul) is not worthy to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the assembly (the church) of God. 10 But by the grace (unmerited and unearned favor) of God I (Paul) am what I am. His (God’s) grace which was bestowed on me was not futile (wasted), but I (Paul) worked more than all of them; yet not I (Paul), but the grace (unmerited, unearned and undeserved favor) of God which was with me. 11 Whether then it is I (Paul) or they (the other Apostles), so we preach (proclaim), and so you believed (trusted, accepted)


12 Now if Christ (Jesus) is preached (proclaimed), that he (Jesus) has been raised (resurrected) from the dead (alive again), how do some among you (Corinthians) say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13 But if there is no resurrection of the dead (Paul list six consequences in verses 13-19 if there is no resurrection of the dead), neither has Christ been raised (resurrected). 14 If Christ (Jesus) has not been raised (resurrected), then our preaching is in vain (useless), and your faith (in Jesus) also is in vain (useless). 15 Yes, we (apostles) are found false witnesses of God, because we testified about God that he raised up (resurrected) Christ, whom he didn't raise up, if it is so that the dead are not raised. 16 For if the dead aren't raised, neither has Christ been raised. 17 If Christ (Jesus) has not been raised (resurrected), your faith (in Jesus) is vain (useless); you are still in your sins (lost, not saved). 18 Then they also who are fallen asleep (died) in Christ (as Christians) have perished (are lost, not saved). 19 If we have only hoped in Christ (Jesus) in this (physical) life, we are of all men most pitiable (to be pitied, to be felt sorry for). 20 But now Christ (Jesus) has been raised from the dead (resurrected). He became the first fruits of those who are asleep (first one to be resurrected from the dead, never to die again). 21 For since death came by man (Adam and his sin), the resurrection of the dead also came by man (Jesus and His atoning sacrifice for sin). 22 For as in Adam (humans; see Hebrews 9:27) all die (physically), so also in Christ (those who are in Christ, who are saved, who have accepted Jesus as their Savior) all will be made alive (resurrected bodily from the dead).


23 But each in his own order: Christ (Himself) the first fruits, then those who are Christ's (Christians), at his (Jesus’) coming (return). 24 Then the end comes (at the end of the Millennial), when he (Jesus) will deliver up the Kingdom to God, (The Kingdom of God is anywhere and everywhere God is King)  even the Father; when he will have abolished all rule and all authority and power (Jesus will have become king of kings and lord of lords). 25 For he (Jesus) must reign until he has put all his enemies  (including death) under his feet (all are under His control). 26 The last enemy that will be abolished is death (Death is an enemy. It is the last enemy that will be destroyed. Until then death is our enemy. Compare Revelation 20:14-15). 27 For, "He put all things in subjection under his feet." But when he says, "All things are put in subjection," it is evident that he is excepted who (God the Father) subjected all things to him (Jesus). 28 When all things have been subjected to him, then the Son will also himself be subjected to him (God the Father) who subjected all things to him (Jesus), that God may be all in all. 29 Or else what will they do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead aren't raised at all, why then are they baptized for the dead? (I have no idea what  erase 29 means.  The Scripture never talks about being baptized for someone else other than in this verse.) 30 Why do we also stand in jeopardy every hour? 31 I affirm, by the boasting in you which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily (I give my life to God every day). 32 If I fought with animals at Ephesus for human purposes, what does it profit me? If the dead are not raised, then "let us eat and drink, for tomorrow we die (if there is no resurrection then why not just eat, drink and be merry for when it is over, it is over)." 33 Don't be deceived! "Evil companionships corrupt good morals (a universal principle - evil people corrupt people with who they associate. This is true of activities and it is true of doctrine. False teachers, if allowed in will corrupt the church)." 34 Wake up righteously, and don't sin, for some have no knowledge of God. I say this to your shame (it is the responsibility of Christians to share the gospel with everyone). 35 But someone will say, "How are the dead raised?" and, "With what kind of body do they come?" 36 You foolish one, that which you yourself sow is not made alive unless it dies. 37 That which you sow, you don't sow the body that will be, but a bare grain, maybe of wheat, or of some other kind. 38 But God gives it a body even as it pleased him, and to each seed a body of its own (you sow a seed and it grows into a plant. In a sense it is the same, but more elaborate). 39 All flesh is not the same flesh, but there is one flesh of men, another flesh of animals, another of fish, and another of birds (while there are some similarities, different creatures are difference; this illustrate that evolution is not true). 40 There are also celestial (heavenly) bodies, and terrestrial (earthly) bodies; but the glory of the celestial differs from that of the terrestrial. 41 There is one glory of the sun, another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for one star differs from another star in glory. 42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption (decaying by its very nature); it is raised in incorruption (incapable of decaying). 43 It is sown in dishonor (dead body, no life); it is raised in glory (alive forever). It is sown in weakness (sickness, no strength); it is raised in power (alive forever). 44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body (but still a body). There is a natural body and there is also a spiritual body. 45 So also it is written, "The first man, Adam, became a living soul." The last Adam (Jesus) became a life-giving spirit. 46 However that which is spiritual isn't first, but that which is natural, then that which is spiritual. 47 The first man (Adam) is of the earth, made of dust. The second man (Jesus) is the Lord from heaven. 48 As is the one made of dust, such are those who are also made of dust (all humans); and as is the heavenly (Jesus), such are they also that are heavenly (Christians). 49 As we have borne the image of those made of dust (our earthly bodies), let's{NU, TR read "we will" instead of "let's"} also bear the image of the heavenly (Jesus; we will be like Jesus after the resurrection)


50 Now I say this, brothers (fellow Christians), {The word for "brothers" here and where context allows may also be correctly translated "brothers and sisters" or "siblings."} that flesh and blood (our human bodies) can't inherit the Kingdom of God; neither does corruption inherit incorruption. 51 Behold, I tell you a mystery (something that is hidden but now revealed, something we cannot figure our for ourselves, it has to be revealed to us). We will not all sleep (die, some will be alive when Jesus returns), but we will all be changed (transformed), 52 in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet (the trumpet that will sound when Jesus returns, see I Thessalonians 4:16-17). For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible (raptured), and we will be changed (will receive a new body). 53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 54 But when this corruptible will have put on incorruption, and this mortal will have put on immortality, then what is written will happen: "Death is swallowed up in victory (never to die again)." 55 "Death, where is your sting? Hades, where is your victory?" 56 The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. 57 But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ (Jesus paid the price so we could have a new body and live forever with Him)


58 Therefore (Paul makes application of all that he had written in this chapter), my beloved brothers (fellow Christians), be steadfast (steady), immovable (never changing what you believe), always abounding (doing more than enough) in the Lord's work, because you know that your labor is not in vain in the Lord (what you do for Jesus is never wasted). (Because the resurrection is true and real you should be firm in your faith in the Lord and abounding in your work for the Lord)






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