Now if Christ is preached as raised from the dead, how can you say that there is no resurrection of the dead? But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised; if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is in vain and your faith is in vain. We are even found to be misrepresenting God, because we testified that he raised Christ, whom he did not raise if it is true that the dead are not raised. For if the dead are not raised, then Christ has not been raised. If Christ has not been raised, your faith is futile and you are still in your sins. Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. If for this life only we hoped in Christ, we are of all men most to be pitied.
But in fact Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who have fallen asleep. For as by a man came death, by a man has come also resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all shall be made alive.
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I write and command all the churches that I willingly die for God, if in fact you do not prevent me. I appeal to you to not to be inopportune even with a noble purpose. Permit me to be food for the beasts; through them I will reach God. I am the wheat of God, and I compete through the beasts' teeth to be found the pure bread of Christ.