1 Corinthians 15:29-58 Bible in Basic English

29  Again, what will they do who are given baptism for the dead? if the dead do not come back at all, why are people given baptism for them? 30  And why are we in danger every hour? 31  Yes, truly, by your pride in me, my brothers in Christ Jesus our Lord, my life is one long death. 32  If, after the way of men, I was fighting with beasts at Ephesus, what profit is it to me? If the dead do not come to life again, let us take our pleasure in feasting, for tomorrow we come to an end. 33  Do not be tricked by false words: evil company does damage to good behaviour. 34  Be awake to righteousness and keep yourselves from sin; for some have no knowledge of God: I say this to put you to shame.

35  But someone will say, How do the dead come back? and with what sort of body do they come? 36  Foolish man, it is necessary for the seed which you put into the earth to undergo death in order that it may come to life again: 37  And when you put it into the earth, you do not put in the body which it will be, but only the seed, of grain or some other sort of plant; 38  But God gives it a body, as it is pleasing to him, and to every seed its special body. 39  All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one flesh of men, another of beasts, another of birds, and another of fishes. 40  And there are bodies of heaven and bodies of earth, but the glory of the one is different from that of the other. 41  There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; for the glory of one star is different from that of another. 42  So is it with the coming back from the dead. It is planted in death; it comes again in life: 43  It is planted in shame; it comes again in glory: feeble when it is planted, it comes again in power: 44  It is planted a natural body; it comes again as a body of the spirit. If there is a natural body, there is equally a body of the spirit. 45  And so it is said, The first man Adam was a living soul. The last Adam is a life-giving spirit. 46  But that which is natural comes before that which is of the spirit. 47  The first man is from the earth, and of the earth: the second man is from heaven. 48  Those who are of the earth are like the man who was from the earth: and those who are of heaven are like the one from heaven. 49  And in the same way as we have taken on us the image of the man from the earth, so we will take on us the image of the one from heaven. 50  Now I say this, my brothers, that it is not possible for flesh and blood to have a part in the kingdom of God; and death may not have a part in life.

51  See, I am giving you the revelation of a secret: we will not all come to the sleep of death, but we will all be changed. 52  In a second, in the shutting of an eye, at the sound of the last horn: for at that sound the dead will come again, free for ever from the power of death, and we will be changed. 53  For this body which comes to destruction will be made free from the power of death, and the man who is under the power of death will put on eternal life. 54  But when this has taken place, then that which was said in the Writings will come true, Death is overcome by life. 55  O death, where is your power? O death, where are your pains? 56  The pain of death is sin; and the power of sin is the law: 57  But praise be to God who gives us strength to overcome through our Lord Jesus Christ.

58  For this cause, my dear brothers, be strong in purpose and unmoved, ever giving yourselves to the work of the Lord, because you are certain that your work is not without effect in the Lord.

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