The True Easter Story:
written by Paul of Tarus & lived out by Jesus of Nazareth
Web page created by Danny Padgett, April of 1998
15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I
preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye
15:2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I
preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received,
how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day
according to the scriptures:
15:5 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
15:6 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once;
of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are
15:7 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
15:8 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due
15:9 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called
an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
15:10 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which
was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I labored more
abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was
15:11 Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye
15:12 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how
say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
15:13 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not
15:14 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and
your faith is also vain.
15:15 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we
have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not
up, if so be that the dead rise not.
15:16 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
15:17 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in
15:18 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
15:19 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men
15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the
firstfruits of them that slept.
15:21 For since by man came death, by man came also the
resurrection of the dead.
15:22 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made
15:23 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits;
afterward they that are Christís at his coming.
15:24 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the
kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all
rule and all authority and power.
15:25 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
15:26 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
15:27 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all
things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which
did put all things under him.
15:28 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the
Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him,
that God may be all in all.
15:29 Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the
dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?
15:30 And why stand we in jeopardy every hour?
15:31 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our
Lord, I die daily.
15:32 If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at
Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and
drink; for tomorrow we die.
15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
15:34 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the
knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.
15:35 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with
what body do they come?
15:36 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it
15:37 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
15:38 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every
seed his own body.
15:39 All 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.
15:40 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the
glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is
15:41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon,
and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another
star in glory.
15:42 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in
corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
15:43 It is sown in dishonor; it is raised in glory: it is sown in
weakness; it is raised in power:
15:44 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There
is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
15:45 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living
soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
15:46 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is
natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
15:47 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the
Lord from heaven.
15:48 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is
the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
15:49 And as we have born the image of the earthy, we shall also
bear the image of the heavenly.
15:50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit
the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we
shall all be changed,
15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for
the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible,
and we shall be changed.
15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this
mortal must put on immortality.
15:54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and
this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to
pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
15:55 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
15:56 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through
our Lord Jesus Christ.
15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable,
always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know
that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.
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