1 Corinthians 15:12
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?

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"?

Contemporary English Version
If we preach that Christ was raised from death, how can some of you say the dead will not be raised to life?

Good News Translation
Now, since our message is that Christ has been raised from death, how can some of you say that the dead will not be raised to life?

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?

if.

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

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 raise the dead?

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







Lexicon
But
δὲ (de)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1161: A primary particle; but, and, etc.

if
Εἰ (Ei)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 1487: If. A primary particle of conditionality; if, whether, that, etc.

it is preached
κηρύσσεται (kēryssetai)
Verb - Present Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 2784: To proclaim, herald, preach. Of uncertain affinity; to herald, especially divine truth.

that
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

Christ
Χριστὸς (Christos)
Noun - Nominative Masculine Singular
Strong's Greek 5547: Anointed One; the Messiah, the Christ. From chrio; Anointed One, i.e. The Messiah, an epithet of Jesus.

has been raised
ἐγήγερται (egēgertai)
Verb - Perfect Indicative Middle or Passive - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1453: (a) I wake, arouse, (b) I raise up. Probably akin to the base of agora; to waken, i.e. Rouse.

from
ἐκ (ek)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1537: From out, out from among, from, suggesting from the interior outwards. A primary preposition denoting origin, from, out.

[the] dead,
νεκρῶν (nekrōn)
Adjective - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3498: (a) adj: dead, lifeless, subject to death, mortal, (b) noun: a dead body, a corpse. From an apparently primary nekus; dead.

how
πῶς (pōs)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 4459: Adverb from the base of pou; an interrogative particle of manner; in what way?; also as exclamation, how much!

{can} some
τινες (tines)
Interrogative / Indefinite Pronoun - Nominative Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 5100: Any one, some one, a certain one or thing. An enclitic indefinite pronoun; some or any person or object.

of
ἐν (en)
Preposition
Strong's Greek 1722: In, on, among. A primary preposition denoting position, and instrumentality, i.e. A relation of rest; 'in, ' at, on, by, etc.

you
ὑμῖν (hymin)
Personal / Possessive Pronoun - Dative 2nd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 4771: You. The person pronoun of the second person singular; thou.

say
λέγουσιν (legousin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Plural
Strong's Greek 3004: (a) I say, speak; I mean, mention, tell, (b) I call, name, especially in the pass., (c) I tell, command.

that
ὅτι (hoti)
Conjunction
Strong's Greek 3754: Neuter of hostis as conjunction; demonstrative, that; causative, because.

there is
ἔστιν (estin)
Verb - Present Indicative Active - 3rd Person Singular
Strong's Greek 1510: I am, exist. The first person singular present indicative; a prolonged form of a primary and defective verb; I exist.

no
οὐκ (ouk)
Adverb
Strong's Greek 3756: No, not. Also ouk, and ouch a primary word; the absolute negative adverb; no or not.

resurrection
ἀνάστασις (anastasis)
Noun - Nominative Feminine Singular
Strong's Greek 386: A rising again, resurrection. From anistemi; a standing up again, i.e. a resurrection from death (its author), or a recovery.

of [the] dead?
νεκρῶν (nekrōn)
Adjective - Genitive Masculine Plural
Strong's Greek 3498: (a) adj: dead, lifeless, subject to death, mortal, (b) noun: a dead body, a corpse. From an apparently primary nekus; dead.
(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. 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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