1 Corinthians 15:12
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New International Version
But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?

New Living Translation
But tell me this--since we preach that Christ rose from the dead, why are some of you saying there will be no resurrection of the dead?

English Standard Version
Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?

Berean Study Bible
But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?

Berean Literal Bible
Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised out from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?

New American Standard Bible
Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?

King James Bible
Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?

Holman Christian Standard Bible
Now if Christ is proclaimed as raised from the dead, how can some of you say, "There is no resurrection of the dead"?

International Standard Version
Now if we preach that the Messiah has been raised from the dead, how can some of you keep claiming there is no resurrection of the dead?

NET Bible
Now if Christ is being preached as raised from the dead, how can some of you say there is no resurrection of the dead?

New Heart English Bible
Now if Christ is preached, that he has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
But if The Messiah who arose from among the dead is preached, how are there some among you who say there is no life for the dead?

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If we have told you that Christ has been brought back to life, how can some of you say that coming back from the dead is impossible?

New American Standard 1977
Now if Christ is preached, that He has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?

Jubilee Bible 2000
Now if the Christ is preached that rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?

King James 2000 Bible
Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?

American King James Version
Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?

American Standard Version
Now if Christ is preached that he hath been raised from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?

Douay-Rheims Bible
Now if Christ be preached, that he arose again from the dead, how do some among you say, that there is no resurrection of the dead?

Darby Bible Translation
Now if Christ is preached that he is raised from among [the] dead, how say some among you that there is not a resurrection of [those that are] dead?

English Revised Version
Now if Christ is preached that he hath been raised from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?

Webster's Bible Translation
Now if Christ is preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?

Weymouth New Testament
But if Christ is preached as having risen from the dead, how is it that some of you say that there is no such thing as a resurrection of the dead?

World English Bible
Now if Christ is preached, that he has been raised from the dead, how do some among you say that there is no resurrection of the dead?

Young's Literal Translation
And if Christ is preached, that out of the dead he hath risen, how say certain among you, that there is no rising again of dead persons?
Study Bible
The Resurrection of the Dead
11Whether, then, it was I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed. 12But if it is preached that Christ has been raised from the dead, how can some of you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? 13If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.…
Cross References
Acts 17:32
When they heard about the resurrection of the dead, some began to mock him, but others said, "We want to hear you again on this topic."

Acts 23:8
For the Sadducees say there is neither a resurrection, nor angels, nor spirits, but the Pharisees acknowledge them all.

1 Corinthians 15:11
Whether, then, it was I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.

1 Corinthians 15:13
If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.

2 Timothy 2:18
who have deviated from the truth. They say that the resurrection has already occurred, and they undermine the faith of some.
Treasury of Scripture

Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?

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1 Corinthians 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according …

how.

1 Corinthians 15:13-19 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen…

Acts 26:8 Why should it be thought a thing incredible with you, that God should …

2 Thessalonians 2:17 Comfort your hearts, and establish you in every good word and work.

(12) If Christ be preached that he rose from the dead.--Better, is being preached. It has been proved as a matter of historical fact that a man has risen from the dead; it is therefore illogical to say that there is no resurrection of the dead.

Verses 12-19. - The resurrection of Christ is the basis of our faith in the general resurrection. Verse 12. - Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead. St. Paul sees that if One has risen from the dead, the fact of that miracle, taken in connection with the rest of the gospel, furnishes Christians with a sufficient proof that they shall rise. "For," he had already said to the Thessalonians, "if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him" (see the same argument in Romans 8:11). That there is no resurrection of the dead. These deniers of the resurrection are usually called "the Corinthian Sadducees." After the state of social and moral laxity of which we have been reading, we can scarcely be surprised at the existence of any disorder or anomaly in the Church of Corinth. Yet it comes with something of a shock on our paralyzed sense of astonishment to read that some of these Christians actually denied a resurrection! The fact at once proves two remarkable truths, namely,

(1) that the early Christian Church had none of the ideal purity of doctrine which is sometimes ecclesiastically attributed to it; and

(2) that there was in the bosom of that Church a wide and most forbearing tolerance. We have no data to enable us to determine what were the influences which led to the denial of the resurrection.

1. They can hardly have been Jewish. The mass of Jews at this time shared the views of the Pharisees, who strongly maintained the resurrection (Acts 23:6). If they were Jews at all, they could only have been Sadducees or Essenes. But

(1) the Sadducees were a small, wealthy, and mainly political sect, who had no religious influence, and can certainly have had no representatives at Corinth; and

(2) the Essenes, though they had considerable influence in Asia, do not seem to have established themselves in Greece, nor are we aware that they were hostile to the doctrine of the resurrection.

2. Probably, then, they were Gentiles. If so, they may have been

(1) either Epicureans, who disbelieved in a future life altogether; or

(2) Stoics, who held that the future life was only an impersonal absorption into the Divine. Both these schools of philosophers "jeered" at the very notion of a bodily resurrection (Acts 17:32). In 2 Timothy 2:18 we read of some, like Hymenaeus and Philetus, who erred, saying "that the resurrection was past already." These teachers were incipient Gnostics, who spiritualized the resurrection, or rather said that the term was only applicable to the rising from the death of sin to the life of righteousness. The Corinthian doubters seem from the arguments which St. Paul addresses to them, to have been rather troubled with material doubts which they may have inherited from their Gentile training. Now if Christ be preached that he arose from the dead,.... As he was by the Apostle Paul, when at Corinth, and by all the rest of the apostles elsewhere.

How say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead? Who these were is not certain, whether Hymenaeus and Philetus, whose notion this was, were come hither, or any of their disciples; or whether they were some of the followers of Simon Magus and Cerinthus, who denied the resurrection; or rather, whether they were not Jews, and of the sect of the Sadducees, who though they believed in Christ, retained their old principle, that there is no resurrection of the dead, cannot be affirmed: however, it is certain that they were such as were then at Corinth, and went under the Christian name; and it is highly probable were members of the church there; and who not only held this notion privately, but broached it publicly, saying, declaring, affirming, and that openly, before the whole church, what were their opinions and sentiments: it was indeed but some of them, not all that were chargeable with this bad principle, which the apostle asks how, and with what face they could assert, then it had been preached, and so fully proved to them, that Christ was risen from the dead; and if so, then it is out of question that there is a resurrection of the dead; for their notion, as it is here expressed, was not only that there would be no resurrection of the dead, but that there was none, nor had been any: though the apostle's view is also to prove the future resurrection of the dead, and which is done by proving the resurrection of Christ, for his resurrection involves that of his people; for not only the saints rose in, and with Christ, as their head representatively, and which is the sense of the prophecy in Hosea 6:2 but because he is their head, and they are members of him, therefore as sure as he the head is risen, so sure shall the members rise likewise; nor will Christ's resurrection, in a sense, be perfect, until all the members of his body are risen: for though the resurrection of Christ, personally considered, is perfect, yet not as mystically considered; nor will it till all the saints are raised, of whose resurrection Christ's is the exemplar and the pledge: their bodies will be raised and fashioned like unto Christ's, and by virtue of union to him, and as sure as he is risen, for he is the firstfruits of them that slept. Besides, as he became incarnate, obeyed, suffered, not for himself, but for his people, so he rose again on their account, and that they dying might rise also; which if they should not, one end at least of Christ's resurrection would not be answered: add to this, that the same power that raised Christ from the dead, can raise others, even all the saints; so that if it is allowed that Christ is raised, it need not be thought incredible that all the dead shall be raised; and particularly when it is observed, that Christ is the efficient, procuring, and meritorious cause of the resurrection from the dead, as well as the pattern and earnest of it. 12. if—Seeing that it is an admitted fact that Christ is announced by us eye-witnesses as having risen from the dead, how is it that some of you deny that which is a necessary consequence of Christ's resurrection, namely, the general resurrection?

some—Gentile reasoners (Ac 17:32; 26:8) who would not believe it because they did not see "how" it could be (1Co 15:35, 36).15:12-19 Having shown that Christ was risen, the apostle answers those who said there would be no resurrection. There had been no justification, or salvation, if Christ had not risen. And must not faith in Christ be vain, and of no use, if he is still among the dead? The proof of the resurrection of the body is the resurrection of our Lord. Even those who died in the faith, had perished in their sins, if Christ had not risen. All who believe in Christ, have hope in him, as a Redeemer; hope for redemption and salvation by him; but if there is no resurrection, or future recompence, their hope in him can only be as to this life. And they must be in a worse condition than the rest of mankind, especially at the time, and under the circumstances, in which the apostles wrote; for then Christians were hated and persecuted by all men. But it is not so; they, of all men, enjoy solid comforts amidst all their difficulties and trials, even in the times of the sharpest persecution.
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