1 Corinthians 15:14
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New International Version
And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.

New Living Translation
And if Christ has not been raised, then all our preaching is useless, and your faith is useless.

English Standard Version
And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain.

Berean Study Bible
And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is worthless, and so is your faith.

Berean Literal Bible
And if Christ has not been raised, then also our preaching is void, and your faith is void.

New American Standard Bible
and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.

King James Bible
And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
and if Christ has not been raised, then our proclamation is without foundation, and so is your faith.

International Standard Version
and if the Messiah has not been raised, then our message means nothing and your faith means nothing.

NET Bible
And if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is futile and your faith is empty.

New Heart English Bible
If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain, and your faith also is in vain.

Aramaic Bible in Plain English
And if The Messiah is not risen, our preaching is worthless and your faith is also worthless.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
If Christ hasn't come back to life, our message has no meaning and your faith also has no meaning.

New American Standard 1977
and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is vain, your faith also is vain.

Jubilee Bible 2000
and if Christ is not risen, then our preaching is vain, and your faith is also vain.

King James 2000 Bible
And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

American King James Version
And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

American Standard Version
and if Christ hath not been raised, then is our preaching vain, your faith also is vain.

Douay-Rheims Bible
And if Christ be not risen again, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

Darby Bible Translation
but if Christ is not raised, then, indeed, vain also [is] our preaching, and vain also your faith.

English Revised Version
and if Christ hath not been raised, then is our preaching vain, your faith also is vain.

Webster's Bible Translation
And if Christ is not raised, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

Weymouth New Testament
And if Christ has not risen, it follows that what we preach is a delusion, and that your faith also is a delusion.

World English Bible
If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain, and your faith also is in vain.

Young's Literal Translation
and if Christ hath not risen, then void is our preaching, and void also your faith,
Study Bible
The Resurrection of the Dead
13If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised. 14And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is worthless, and so is your faith. 15In that case, we are also exposed as false witnesses about God. For we have testified about God that He raised Christ from the dead, but He did not raise Him if in fact the dead are not raised.…
Cross References
1 Corinthians 15:13
If there is no resurrection of the dead, then not even Christ has been raised.

1 Thessalonians 4:14
For since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, we also believe that God will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in Him.
Treasury of Scripture

And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.

1 Corinthians 15:2,17 By which also you are saved, if you keep in memory what I preached …

Psalm 73:13 Truly I have cleansed my heart in vain, and washed my hands in innocence.

Isaiah 49:4 Then I said, I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for …

Genesis 8:8 Also he sent forth a dove from him, to see if the waters were abated …

Matthew 15:9 But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.

Acts 17:31 Because he has appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world …

Galatians 2:2 And I went up by revelation, and communicated to them that gospel …

James 1:26 If any man among you seem to be religious, and bridles not his tongue, …

James 2:20 But will you know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?

(14) If Christ be not risen.--Better, but if Christ be not raised; and so all through this passage.

Then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.--The Apostles had preached a risen Christ, their converts had believed in a risen Christ, but now the proposition is, There is no resurrection; therefore Christ is not risen; therefore the preaching and the faith which are based on the delusion that He is risen are both vain and useless. The argument is still purely an appeal to historical evidence supporting an historical fact, and to the consequences involved in denying that fact (see 1Corinthians 15:16).

Verse 14. - Vain. You accepted our proclamation (kerugma), yet it would be utterly void if its central testimony was false. The word translated "then" has a sort of ironic force - "after all," or "it seems." The whole argument is at once an argumentum ad hominem and a reductio ad absurdum. Your faith is also vain. For it would be faith in a crucified man, not in the risen Christ. And if Christ be not risen,.... If this is a truth, and must be taken as granted, as it must be, if there is no resurrection at all:

then is our preaching vain; false, empty, delusory, unprofitable, and useless; not only that part of it which more especially concerns the resurrection of Christ, but even the whole of it; preaching Christ as the Son of God, which was the subject of the apostle's ministry, and which he set out with, is to no purpose, if he is not risen; for one considerable proof of his sonship depends upon his resurrection, which is the declaration of it; for who can believe him to be the Son of God, if he is detained under the power of the grave? one reason why he could not be held of death, and the pains and cords of it, any longer than was necessary, and was his pleasure, was because he was the Son of God, as well as surety of his people, who had paid the whole debt: so the preaching of his incarnation, obedience, sufferings, and death, is of no use and avail, if he has not abolished death, and brought life and immortality to light, first in himself, and then for his people:

and your faith is also vain; either the grace of faith, by which they believed on Christ, or the doctrine of faith; or since this is repeated, 1 Corinthians 15:17 the one may be meant here, and the other there. The doctrine of faith they had given their assent to, not only respecting the resurrection of Christ, but any other truth relating to his person and office, must be vain and empty, and without any foundation; even that faith which is one, uniform, harmonious, and consistent, which was once delivered to the saints; which they are to stand fast in, to strive, contend, and fight for, and not part with at any rate, upon any account whatever; and yet this, and the preaching and belief of it, are useless and insignificant things, if Christ is not risen; such wretched absurdities must follow upon the denial of that truth. 14. your faith … vain—(1Co 15:11). The Greek for "vain" here is, empty, unreal: in 1Co 15:17, on the other hand, it is, without use, frustrated. The principal argument of the first preachers in support of Christianity was that God had raised Christ from the dead (Ac 1:22; 2:32; 4:10, 33; 13:37; Ro 1:4). If this fact were false, the faith built on it must be false too.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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