OUR RESURRECTION FROM DROWSY SLEEP UNTO
(1 Cor 15:20-23) But now is Christ risen from
the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept
[Gk: be dead]. For since by man [Adam] came death, by
[another] man [Jesus Christ] came also the resurrection
of the dead. For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ
shall all be made alive. But every man in his
own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ's
at his [second] coming.
firstfruits = Gk: a beginning of sacrifice.
resurrection = Gk: a standing up again: raised to life again, rise
from the dead.
(1 Cor 15:24-26) Then cometh the end [of
the thousand year Millennium, and the Bible], when he [Jesus Christ]
shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father;
when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
For he must reign [through us as “kings and priests” (Rev
1:6; 5:10) during the thousand year Millennium], till he hath put all
enemies under his feet. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is
(1 Cor 15:27,28) For he hath put all things under
his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is
manifest [Gk: clear, evident) that he is excepted, which
did put all things under him. And when all things shall be subdued
unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him
[Father God] that put all things under him, that God may be all in
(1 Cor 15:29-34) Else what shall they do which are
baptized for the dead [vicarious baptism, being baptized in place
of the dead, still practiced by the Mormons today], if the dead rise
not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead? And why stand we
in jeopardy [running such risks for the gospel, in peril]
every hour? I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our
Lord, I die daily [while looking forward to my resurrection].
If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts [literally,
and figurativly with unsaved men] at Ephesus [for the gospel],
what advantageth [Gk: benefit, gain, profit] it me
[why waste my time], if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink
[and be merry]; for to morrow we die. Be not deceived: evil
communications [Gk: companionships] [i.e., false teachers]
corrupt [evil is contagious] good manners [Gk: moral
habits]. Awake [Gk: to rouse (oneself) out of stupor]
[even now we slumber] to righteousness, and sin not; for
some [of you] have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to
(1 Cor 15:35-38) But some man will say, How are
the dead raised up? and with what body do they come? Thou fool, that
[body] which thou sowest [into the ground] is not
quickened [Gk: revitalized: made alive, given life], except it
die: 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
grain: But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every
seed his own body.
(John 12:24) Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except a corn
[Gk: kernel, grain] of wheat fall into the ground and die,
it abideth alone: but if it die, it bringeth forth much fruit.
(1 Cor 15:39-41) 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. There are also celestial bodies [Gk:
above the sky: heavenly bodies], and bodies terrestrial [Gk:
worldly: earthly bodies]: but the glory [brightness] of
the celestial is one, and the glory [brightness] of the
terrestrial is another. There is one glory [brightness] of
the sun, and another glory [brightness] of the moon, and
another glory [brightness] of the stars: for one star
differeth from another star in glory [brightness].
(1 Cor 15:42-44) So also is the resurrection of the
dead. It is sown in [earthly] corruption; it is raised in
[heavenly] incorruption: It is sown in [earthly]
dishonour; it is raised in [heavenly] glory: it is sown in
weakness; it is raised in power: It is sown a natural body;
it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and
there is a spiritual body.
(1 Cor 15:45-47) And so it is written, The first
man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam [i.e.,
Jesus Christ] was made a quickening spirit. Howbeit that was not
first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward
that which is spiritual. The first man [Adam] is of the
earth, earthy: the second man [Jesus Christ] is the Lord from
(1 Cor 15:48-50) As is the earthy, such are they
also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are
heavenly. And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall
also bear the image of the heavenly. Now this I say, brethren,
that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth
corruption inherit incorruption.
(1 Cor 15:51,52) Behold, I show you a mystery; We
shall not all sleep [Gk: be dead], but we shall all be changed
[Gk: made different], 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 [“which are alive and remain” 1 Thes
4:15,17] shall be changed.
(1 Th 4:15-17) For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord,
that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord
shall not prevent [Gk: precede] them which are asleep
[Gk: be dead]. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a
shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God:
and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are
alive and remain shall be caught up [Gk: to take for
oneself, to prefer] together [Gk: at the same time]
with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we
ever be with the Lord.