1 Corinthians 15



1 Corinthians 15 provides a comprehensive theological explanation of the resurrection, highlighting its centrality to the Christian faith and the hope it brings for believers.


  1. The Gospel and the Resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:1-11): Paul begins by reminding the Corinthians of the gospel he preached, which includes the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ. He emphasizes the foundational importance of Christ's resurrection for the Christian faith. Paul underscores that the resurrection is not just a spiritual concept but a historical reality.
  2. The Importance of Christ's Resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:12-19): Paul addresses those in Corinth who were questioning the idea of a bodily resurrection. He argues that if Christ has not been raised, then faith is futile, preaching is in vain, and believers are still in their sins. The resurrection is central to the Christian hope.
  3. The Order of Resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:20-28): Paul explains the order of resurrection, stating that Christ is the firstfruits, and afterward, those who belong to Christ will be resurrected. Christ will then hand over the kingdom to God, having conquered all enemies, including death.
  4. The Mystery of Resurrection (1 Corinthians 15:29-34): Paul addresses the practice of baptism for the dead and challenges the Corinthians to consider the implications of their beliefs. He encourages them to live righteously, being mindful of the reality of the resurrection.
  5. The Nature of the Resurrected Body (1 Corinthians 15:35-49): Paul discusses the nature of the resurrected body, explaining that it will be transformed and imperishable. He uses analogies from nature to illustrate the difference between the natural body and the spiritual body.
  6. The Victory Over Death (1 Corinthians 15:50-58): Paul concludes by affirming that the perishable will be clothed with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality. Death will be swallowed up in victory through Christ. Therefore, believers are to stand firm, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that their labor is not in vain.