1 Corinthians 15:1-34

1 Corinthians 15:1-34

Is this the basis of our salvation? If we don't believe this, I feel we are believing in vain.

The Resurrection of Christ

1Now, brothers, I want to remind you of the gospel I preached to you, which you received and on which you have taken your stand. 2By this gospel you are saved, if you hold firmly to the word I preached to you. Otherwise, you have believed in vain. 3For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance[a]: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, 4that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, 5and that he appeared to Peter,[b] and then to the Twelve. 6After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers at the same time, most of whom are still living, though some have fallen asleep. 7Then he appeared to James, then to all the apostles, 8and last of all he appeared to me also, as to one abnormally born.
9For I am the least of the apostles and do not even deserve to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God. 10But by the grace of God I am what I am, and his grace to me was not without effect. No, I worked harder than all of them—yet not I, but the grace of God that was with me. 11Whether, then, it was I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.
The Resurrection of the Dead

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. 14And if Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith. 15More than that, we are then found to be 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. 16For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised either. 17And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile; you are still in your sins. 18Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ are lost. 19If only for this life we have hope in Christ, we are to be pitied more than all men. 20But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. 21For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. 22For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 23But each in his own turn: Christ, the firstfruits; then, when he comes, those who belong to him. 24Then the end will come, when he hands over the kingdom to God the Father after he has destroyed all dominion, authority and power. 25For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. 26The last enemy to be destroyed is death. 27For he "has put everything under his feet."[c] Now when it says that "everything" has been put under him, it is clear that this does not include God himself, who put everything under Christ. 28When he has done this, then the Son himself will be made subject to him who put everything under him, so that God may be all in all.
29Now if there is no resurrection, what will those do who are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized for them? 30And as for us, why do we endanger ourselves every hour? 31I die every day—I mean that, brothers—just as surely as I glory over you in Christ Jesus our Lord. 32If I fought wild beasts in Ephesus for merely human reasons, what have I gained? If the dead are not raised,
"Let us eat and drink,
for tomorrow we die."[d] 33Do not be misled: "Bad company corrupts good character." 34Come back to your senses as you ought, and stop sinning; for there are some who are ignorant of God—I say this to your shame.
The resurrection creed

I strongly believe this Bible passage to not just be the basis for our salvation but also for the truth of the resurrection.

1 Corinthians 15:3-8 is also known as the Resurrection Creed. This passage of text in which Paul mentions 6 seperate resurrection appearances including to 500 men, can be traced back to have originated very close to the actually resurrection of Jezus.

It was written in 54/55 when Paul wrote to the Corinthian church, but in this letter he was just repeating what he had told them during his 2nd missionary trip when he founded that church in 51/52 AD (less than 20 years from the resurrection).

However if you analyze the Greek text is shows strong Aramaic influences (including using the name Cephas for Peter) and Paul himself write to pass on what he received. This all has let just about all scholars to accept that Paul was stating a verbal creed he himself had likely received from James and Peter when he met with them in Jeruzalem in 35/36 AD (see Galatians 1 and 2).

That would only be a few years from the resurrection.

I therefore believe that these verses are the best authenticated and oldest texts in the Bible that confirm the death, burial and resurrection of Christ!

Even if skeptics (without solid grounds) keep discrediting the gospel accounts, Paul's testimony stands tall and unchallenged. From an apologetics perspective these might well be the most important verses in the Bible.

Rob VandeWeghe


It seems simple enough- if Christ was not raised from the dead all we believe would be in vain.
do not get mad at the skeptic for being a skeptic. do not accuse the skeptic of being a skeptic.

I am a skeptic.

the evidence for christianity is overwhelming IMO.. however, do not allow that to keep you from loving unbelievers.. and accepting them as they are...