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1 Corinthians Chapter 15

1 Corinthians 15:2

co1 15:2


(See Scofield) - (Rom 1:16).

1 Corinthians 15:3

co1 15:3



(See Scofield) - (Rom 3:23).

1 Corinthians 15:5

co1 15:5


(See Scofield) - (Mar 16:14).

1 Corinthians 15:8

co1 15:8

born out of due time

(Greek, "ektrōma", "before the due time"). Paul thinks of himself here as an Israelite whose time to be born again had not come, nationally (compare (Mat 23:39) so that his conversion by the appearing of the Lord in glory (Act 9:3-6) was an illustration, or instance before the time, of the future national conversion of Israel.

See; (Eze 20:34-38); (Hos 2:14-17); (Zac 12:10-13); (Zac 12:6); (Rom 11:25-27).

1 Corinthians 15:17

co1 15:17



(See Scofield) - (Rom 3:23).

1 Corinthians 15:22

co1 15:22


Adam was a contrasting type of Christ, (Co1 15:45-47); (Rom 5:14-19).

(1) "The first man Adam was made a living soul" (Gen 2:7); that is, he derived life from another, that is, God. "The last Adam was a life-giving spirit." So far from deriving life, He was Himself the fountain of life, and He gave that life to others; (Joh 1:4); (Joh 5:21); (Joh 10:10); (Joh 12:24); (Jo1 5:12).

(2) In origin the first man was of the earth, earthy; the Second Man is the Lord from heaven.

(3) Each is the head of a creation, and these also are in contrast: in Adam all die; in Christ all will be made alive; the Adamic creation is "flesh"; the new creation, "spirit." (Joh 3:6).

1 Corinthians 15:24

co1 15:24


Kingdom (New Testament), Summary:

See "Kingdom (Old Testament)" (Gen 1:26-28).

(See Scofield) - (Zac 12:8).

Kingdom truth is developed in the New Testament in the following order:

(1) The promise of the kingdom to David and his seed, and described in the prophets (Sa2 7:8-17); (Zac 12:8) enters the New Testament absolutely unchanged. (Luk 1:31-33). The King was born in Bethlehem; (Mat 2:1); (Mic 5:2) of a virgin. (Mat 1:18-25); (Isa 7:14).

(2) The kingdom announced as "at hand",

(See Scofield) - (Mat 4:17),

by John the Baptist, by the King, and by the Twelve, was rejected by the Jews, first morally,

(See Scofield) - (Mat 11:20),

and afterward, officially, (Mat 21:42); (Mat 21:43), and the King, crowned with thorns, was crucified.

(3) In anticipation of His official rejection and crucifixion, the King revealed the "mysteries" of the kingdom of heaven,

(See Scofield) - (Mat 13:11),

to be fulfilled in the interval between His rejection and His return in glory (Mat 13:1-50).

(4) Afterward, He announced His purpose to "build" His church, (Mat 16:18), another "mystery" revealed through Paul which is being fulfilled contemporaneously with the mysteries of the kingdom. The "mysteries of the kingdom of heaven" and the "mystery" of the church (Eph 3:9-11) occupy, historically, the same period, that is, this present age.

(5) The mysteries of the kingdom will be brought to an end by "the harvest" (Mat 13:39-43); (Mat 13:49); (Mat 13:50) at the return of the King in glory, the church having previously been caught up to meet Him in the air. (Th1 4:14-17).

(6) Upon His return the King will restore the Davidic monarchy in His own person, re-gather dispersed Israel, establish His power over all the earth, and reign one thousand years. (Mat 24:27-30); (Luk 1:31-33); (Act 15:14-17); (Rev 20:1-10).

(7) The kingdom of heaven,

(See Scofield) - (Mat 3:2),

thus established under David's divine Son, has for its object the restoration of the divine authority in the earth, which may be regarded as a revolted province of the great kingdom of God.

(See Scofield) - (Mat 6:33).

When this is done, (Co1 14:24); (Co1 14:25), the Son will deliver up the kingdom (of heaven), (Mat 3:2), to "God, even the Father," that "God" (That is, the triune God, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit) "may be all in all" (Co1 14:28). The eternal throne is that "of God, and of the Lamb". (Rev 22:1). The kingdom-age constitutes the seventh Dispensation.

(See Scofield) - (Eph 1:10).

Then cometh

Then, finally, when he delivers up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he has done away with every rule, and every authority and power (for he must reign till he has put all enemies under his feet), the last enemy, death, is destroyed.

1 Corinthians 15:29

co1 15:29


That is, who, through the introductory rite of baptism, are taking the places in the ranks left vacant by Christians who have died.

1 Corinthians 15:34

co1 15:34



(See Scofield) - (Rom 3:23).

1 Corinthians 15:45

co1 15:45

was made

Omit italicized words "was made."

1 Corinthians 15:51

co1 15:51


(See Scofield) - (Mat 13:11).

1 Corinthians 15:52

co1 15:52


Resurrection, Summary:

(1) The resurrection of the dead was believed by the patriarchs (Gen 22:5); (Heb 11:19); (Job 19:25-27) and revealed through the prophets; (Isa 26:19); (Dan 12:2); (Dan 12:13); (Hos 13:14) and miracles of the dead restored to life are recorded in the Old Testament; (Kg2 4:32-35); (Kg2 13:21).

(2) Jesus Christ restored life to the dead (Mat 9:25); (Luk 7:12-15); (Joh 11:43); (Joh 11:44) and predicted His own resurrection; (Joh 10:18); (Luk 24:1-8).

(3) A resurrection of bodies followed the resurrection of Christ (Mat 27:52); (Mat 27:53) and the apostles raised the dead; (Act 9:36-41); (Act 20:9); (Act 20:10).

(4) Two resurrections are yet future, which are inclusive of "all that are in the graves" (Joh 5:28). These are distinguished as "of life"; (Co1 15:22); (Co1 15:23); (Th1 4:14-17); (Rev 20:4) and "of judgment"; (Joh 5:28); (Joh 5:29); (Rev 20:11-13). They are separated by a period of one thousand years (Rev 20:5). The "first resurrection," that "unto life," will occur at the second coming of Christ (Co1 15:23) the saints of the Old Testament and church ages meeting Him in the air (Th1 4:16); (Th1 4:17) while the martyrs of the tribulation, who also have part in the resurrection (Rev 20:4) are raised at the end of the great tribulation.

(5) The mortal body will be related to the resurrection body as grain sown is related to the harvest (Co1 15:37); (Co1 15:38) that body will be incorruptible, glorious, powerful, and spiritual (Co1 15:42-44); (Co1 15:49).

(6) The bodies of living believers will, at the same time, be instantaneously changed (Co1 15:50-53); (Phi 3:20); (Phi 3:21). This "change" of the living, and resurrection of the dead in Christ, is called the "redemption of the body"; (Rom 8:23); (Eph 1:13); (Eph 1:14).

(7) After the thousand years the "resurrection unto judgment" (Joh 5:29) occurs. The resurrection-body of the wicked dead is not described. They are judged according to their works, and cast into the lake of fire. (Rev 20:7-15).

1 Corinthians 15:56

co1 15:56


(See Scofield) - (Rom 3:23).

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