1 Corinthians 15:1
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New International Version
Now, brothers and sisters, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand.

New Living Translation
Let me now remind you, dear brothers and sisters, of the Good News I preached to you before. You welcomed it then, and you still stand firm in it.

English Standard Version
Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which you stand,

Berean Study Bible
Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, and in which you stand firm.

Berean Literal Bible
Now I make known to you, brothers, the gospel that I proclaimed to you, which also you received, in which you also stand,

New American Standard Bible
Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand,

King James Bible
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now brothers, I want to clarify for you the gospel I proclaimed to you; you received it and have taken your stand on it.

International Standard Version
Now I'm making known to you, brothers, the gospel that I proclaimed to you, which you accepted, on which you have taken your stand,

NET Bible
Now I want to make clear for you, brothers and sisters, the gospel that I preached to you, that you received and on which you stand,

New Heart English Bible
Now I declare to you, brothers, the Good News which I preached to you, which also you received, in which you also stand,

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
I teach you, my brethren, The Gospel that I preached to you, and you received it and you stand in it,

GOD'S WORD® Translation
Brothers and sisters, I'm making known to you the Good News which I already told you, which you received, and on which your faith is based.

New American Standard 1977
Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you received, in which also you stand,

Jubilee Bible 2000
Moreover, brothers, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received and in which ye stand;

King James 2000 Bible
Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also you have received, and in which you stand;

American King James Version
Moreover, brothers, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you have received, and wherein you stand;

American Standard Version
Now I make known unto you brethren, the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye received, wherein also ye stand,

Douay-Rheims Bible
NOW I make known unto you, brethren, the gospel which I preached to you, which also you have received, and wherein you stand;

Darby Bible Translation
But I make known to you, brethren, the glad tidings which I announced to you, which also ye received, in which also ye stand,

English Revised Version
Now I make known unto you brethren, the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye received, wherein also ye stand,

Webster's Bible Translation
Moreover, brethren, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also ye have received, and in which ye stand;

Weymouth New Testament
But let me recall to you, brethren, the Good News which I brought you, which you accepted, and on which you are standing,

World English Bible
Now I declare to you, brothers, the Good News which I preached to you, which also you received, in which you also stand,

Young's Literal Translation
And I make known to you, brethren, the good news that I proclaimed to you, which also ye did receive, in which also ye have stood,
Study Bible
The Resurrection of Christ
1Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, and in which you stand firm. 2By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain.…
Cross References
Romans 2:16
This will come to pass on that day when God will judge men's secrets through Christ Jesus, as proclaimed by my gospel.

Romans 5:2
through whom we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand; and we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God.

Romans 11:20
That is correct: They were broken off because of unbelief, but you stand by faith. Do not be arrogant, but be afraid.

1 Corinthians 3:6
I planted the seed and Apollos watered it, but God made it grow.

1 Corinthians 4:15
Even if you have ten thousand guardians in Christ, you do not have many fathers; for in Christ Jesus I became your father through the gospel.

1 Corinthians 16:13
Be on the alert. Stand firm in the faith. Be men of courage. Be strong.

2 Corinthians 1:24
Not that we lord it over your faith, but we are fellow workers with you for your joy, because it is by faith that you stand firm.

Galatians 1:11
For I certify to you, brothers, that the gospel I preached is not devised by man.

1 Peter 5:12
Through Silvanus, whom I regard as a faithful brother, I have written to you briefly, encouraging you and testifying that this is the true grace of God. Stand firm in it.
Treasury of Scripture

Moreover, brothers, I declare to you the gospel which I preached to you, which also you have received, and wherein you stand;

I declare.

1 Corinthians 15:3-11 For I delivered to you first of all that which I also received, how …

1 Corinthians 1:23,24 But we preach Christ crucified, to the Jews a stumbling block, and …

1 Corinthians 2:2-7 For I determined not to know any thing among you, save Jesus Christ, …

Acts 18:4,5 And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and persuaded the …

Galatians 1:6-12 I marvel that you are so soon removed from him that called you into …

which also.

1 Corinthians 1:4-8 I thank my God always on your behalf, for the grace of God which …

Mark 4:16-20 And these are they likewise which are sown on stony ground; who, …

John 12:48 He that rejects me, and receives not my words, has one that judges …

Acts 2:41 Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same …

Acts 11:1 And the apostles and brothers that were in Judaea heard that the …

1 Thessalonians 1:6 And you became followers of us, and of the Lord, having received …

1 Thessalonians 2:13 For this cause also thank we God without ceasing, because, when you …

1 Thessalonians 4:1 Furthermore then we beseech you, brothers, and exhort you by the Lord Jesus…

2 Thessalonians 3:6 Now we command you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…

ye stand.

Romans 5:2 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, …

2 Corinthians 1:24 Not for that we have dominion over your faith, but are helpers of …

1 Peter 5:12 By Silvanus, a faithful brother to you, as I suppose, I have written …

XV.

(1) Moreover, brethren.--This chapter is throughout occupied with the DOCTRINE OF THE RESURRECTION OF THE DEAD. The occasion which caused the Apostle to dwell at such length and with such emphasis on this subject was the denial of the resurrection by some members of the Corinthian Church. It has been suggested by some writers that what the Apostle had to combat was a false conception of the resurrection--that at Corinth there were probably those who refined away the doctrine of the resurrection into merely a rising from the death of sin into a life of righteousness, something after the manner of Hymenus and Philetus (2Timothy 2:17-18), who taught that "the resurrection was past already." It seems clear, however, from the emphatic statement in 1Corinthians 15:12, and from the general scope and drift of the entire argument, that what the Apostle is here meeting is not a perversion, but a denial of the doctrine. There were many elements in such a mixed body as the Corinthian Church which would have contributed to the growth of this error. Amongst the Jewish converts would be some traces of the Sadducean (Matthew 22:23) denial of the resurrection, and in the Gentile section of the Church there would linger the spirit of the Athenians who "mocked when they heard of the resurrection of the dead" (Acts 17:32), and of the Epicurean philosophers who said, "Let us eat and drink, for to-morrow we die." From these and from other like sources there had crept into the Church itself a denial of the doctrine of the resurrection. In reading this chapter it is well to remember that the Apostle probably intended it, not only as a reply to these corruptors of the faith, but as supplying those who remained faithful with a confirmation of their own faith, and arguments with which they might meet their opponents. It is always difficult to give a clear, exhaustive analysis of an argument by such a writer as St. Paul. The enthusiasm of his nature leads him to mingle the syllogism of passion with the syllogism of logic; and, as he was not writing himself, but dictating the composition, a word often leads him off from his argument into some splendid outburst of pathetic exhortation, or of prophetic utterance. Still, including such digressions, the general argument of this chapter may be tabulated thus:--

I.--THE DOCTRINE OF THE RESURRECTION (1Corinthians 15:1-34).

Subdivided as follows:

(1) The resurrection proved by the historical fact of Christ's resurrection (1Corinthians 15:1-15).

(2) The resurrection proved by an appeal to the moral consequences involved in a denial of it (1Corinthians 15:16-28).

(3) The truth of the resurrection involved in certain existing practices (1Corinthians 15:29-34).

II.--THE METHOD AND PRINCIPLE OF THE RESURRECTION (1Corinthians 15:35-58).

(1) Illustration from analogy (1Corinthians 15:35-44).

(2) Illustration from our dual descent from. Adam and from Christ (1Corinthians 15:44-49).

(3) The great change (1Corinthians 15:50-53).

(4) A song of triumph (1Corinthians 15:54-57).

(5) Concluding exhortation (1Corinthians 15:58).

I declare unto you.--The Apostle opens his historical argument by reminding the Corinthians that this is no new nor unimportant matter. It is the original gospel which he had preached to them, which they received, and in which they stand, and by which they are being saved (not "are saved," as in the English).

Verses 1-58. - The doctrine of the resurrection. This chapter, and the thirteenth, on Christian love, stand out, even among the writings of St. Paul, as pre-eminently beautiful and important. No human words ever written have brought such comfort to millions of mourners as the words of this chapter, which form a part of the Burial Service of almost every Christian community. It is the more deeply imprinted on the memory of men because it comes to us in the most solemn hours of bereavement, when we have most need of a living faith. The chapter falls into six sections.

1. The evidence of Christ's resurrection (vers. 1-11).

2. The resurrection of Christ is the foundation of our faith in the general resurrection (vers. 12-19).

3. Results to be deduced from Christ's resurrection (vers. 20 - 28).

4. The life of believers an argument for the resurrection (vers. 29-34).

5. Analogies helpful for understanding the subject (vers. 35-49).

6. Conclusion and exhortation (vers. 50-58). Verses 1-11. - The evidence of the resurrection of Christ. Verse 1. - Moreover. The δὲ of the original merely marks the transition to a new topic. The gospel. He here uses the word with special reference to the Resurrection, which is one of the most central and necessary doctrines of the "good tidings," and which always occupied a prominent place in St. Paul's preaching (Acts 17:18; Acts 23:6), as well as in that of all the apostles (Acts 1:22; Acts 4:2; 1 Peter 3:21). Ye have received; rather, ye received. The "also" is emphatic. The Corinthians had not been like Christ's "own," who "received him not" (John 1:11). Moreover brethren, I declare unto you the Gospel,.... The apostle here passes on, and proceeds to a new subject, the doctrine of the resurrection of the dead, which some in this church denied; and which he undertakes to prove, establish, and defend; and in order to lead on to it, observes, that what he was about to declare, make known, or put them in mind of, was no other than the Gospel he had formerly preached to them, they had received, professed to stand in, and were saved by, unless their faith was in vain. The doctrine of the resurrection of the dead he calls "the Gospel", that being a most important doctrine, and a fundamental article of it. The resurrection of Christ from the dead made a considerable part in the ministry of the apostles, to the grief of the Sadducees among the Jews, to the scorn of the Gentile philosophers, and to the faith, hope, and comfort of Christians: this is the sum and substance of the word of faith, or doctrine of the Gospel, upon which the whole depends; see Romans 10:8 and the resurrection of the saints is connected with it, and assured by it. This indeed is the Gospel, good news, glad tidings that the bodies of the saints shall be raised again, and made like to the glorious body of Christ; and being reunited to their souls, shall live with him to all eternity; and were this out of the Gospel, it would not be Gospel, or good news; it would be an idle story, faith would be a vain thing, and hoping and believing Christians of all the most miserable. Moreover, says the apostle, the Gospel I declare, is

which I preached unto you; meaning, when he first came among them, and which had been so very useful to them for conversion and consolation; and therefore if he himself, or an angel from heaven, was to preach any other doctrine, it was to be rejected; and hence, much less should the false teachers be regarded: yea, adds he, it is the doctrine

which also you have received; when first enlightened and converted, with all gladness and joyfulness, with all readiness and cheerfulness, in the love of it, and by a full assent to it; and therefore having had such an experience of it, should not now depart from it: nay, he further says,

and wherein ye stand; as he hoped they did, at least it was what they ought to have done, and doubtless was the case of the majority of them, and whose example it became the rest to follow. CHAPTER 15

1Co 15:1-58. The Resurrection Proved against the Deniers of It at Corinth.

Christ's resurrection rests on the evidence of many eye-witnesses, including Paul himself, and is the great fact preached as the groundwork of the Gospel: they who deny the resurrection in general, must deny that of Christ, and the consequence of the latter will be, that Christian preaching and faith are vain.

1. Moreover—"Now" [Alford and Ellicott].

I declare—literally, "I make known": it implies some degree of reproach that it should be now necessary to make it known to them afresh, owing to some of them "not having the knowledge of God" (1Co 15:34). Compare Ga 1:11.

wherein ye stand—wherein ye now take your stand. This is your present actual privilege, if ye suffer not yourselves to fall from your high standing.15:1-11 The word resurrection, usually points out our existence beyond the grave. Of the apostle's doctrine not a trace can be found in all the teaching of philosophers. The doctrine of Christ's death and resurrection, is the foundation of Christianity. Remove this, and all our hopes for eternity sink at once. And it is by holding this truth firm, that Christians stand in the day of trial, and are kept faithful to God. We believe in vain, unless we keep in the faith of the gospel. This truth is confirmed by Old Testament prophecies; and many saw Christ after he was risen. This apostle was highly favoured, but he always had a low opinion of himself, and expressed it. When sinners are, by Divine grace, turned into saints, God causes the remembrance of former sins to make them humble, diligent, and faithful. He ascribes to Divine grace all that was valuable in him. True believers, though not ignorant of what the Lord has done for, in, and by them, yet when they look at their whole conduct and their obligations, they are led to feel that none are so worthless as they are. All true Christians believe that Jesus Christ, and him crucified, and then risen from the dead, is the sun and substance of Christianity. All the apostles agreed in this testimony; by this faith they lived, and in this faith they died.
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