1 Corinthians 15:20

“But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.”

King James Version (KJV)

Other Translations

But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the first fruits of them that slept.
- King James Version (1611) - View 1611 Bible Scan

But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.
- New American Standard Version (1995)

But now hath Christ been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of them that are asleep.
- American Standard Version (1901)

But now Christ has truly come back from the dead, the first-fruits of those who are sleeping.
- Basic English Bible

(But now Christ is raised from among [the] dead, first-fruits of those fallen asleep.
- Darby Bible

But now is Christ raised from the dead, and become the first-fruits of them that slept.
- Webster's Bible

But, in reality, Christ *has* risen from among the dead, being the first to do so of those who are asleep.
- Weymouth Bible

But now Christ has been raised from the dead. He became the first fruits of those who are asleep.
- World English Bible

But now Crist roos ayen fro deth, the firste fruit of deed men;
- Wycliffe Bible

And now, Christ hath risen out of the dead -- the first-fruits of those sleeping he became,
- Youngs Literal Bible

Bible commentary

Wesley's Notes for 1 Corinthians 15:20


15:20 But now - St. Paul declares that Christians have hope, not in this life only. His proof of the resurrection lies in a narrow compass, #1Cor 15:12 |- 19. Almost all the rest of the chapter is taken up in illustrating, vindicating, and applying it. The proof is short, but solid and convincing, that which arose from Christ's resurrection. Now this not only proved a resurrection possible, but, as it proved him to be a divine teacher, proved the certainty of a general resurrection, which he so expressly taught. The first fruit of them that slept - The earnest, pledge, and insurance of their resurrection who slept in him: even of all the righteous. It is of the resurrection of these, and these only, that the apostle speaks throughout the chapter.


People's Bible Notes for 1 Corinthians 15:20


1Co 15:20 But now is Christ risen from the dead. This is certain. Paul had seen the risen Lord. So had many other credible witnesses. But since he is risen, the resurrection of his disciples must follow. Become the first fruits of them that slept. Of those who have slept in death. On the morrow after the first Sabbaths of the passover a sheaf of the first fruits of the barley harvest was "waved before the Lord" (Le 23:10-16) as a pledge of the harvest to come So on the morning after the first Sabbath of the passover, Christ, the first fruits arose and appeared living, "the first fruits" of the great harvest of souls gathered into eternal life.

Discussion for 1 Corinthians 15

  • I AM
    And they that have done good heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies that have done evil beheld them. But woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knows that he has but a short time.
  • BSP
    This verse assures us that the work we do in God's name will never be in vain.
  • ELDER EARL WRIGHT
    keeping yourself in the will of God for you,staying Holy,and free from all sins!!.bringing people into a relationship with Jesus,Love everyone,with all your Heart,mind,and Spirit,and to know your reward is waiting for you in Heaven!!!!
  • Lilian
    Be steadfast unmoveable always abounding in the work for our Lord. For as much as we know that the Labour are not in vain in the Lord.
    Thank you Jesus for the Blood that you shed for us I will praise you and worship you alone amen hallelujah
  • RbnlovesJesus
    Jim, where does this say in the bible, All who are Christ's when they die their spirits all go to glory until the Resurrection and the dead lifeless body
    rests in the ground without the soul in it and we will be given a new body. We also will be able to recognize one another from the old body.
  • Steve morrow
    1 CORINTHIANS 15:24 THEN COMETH THE END WHEN HE SHALL HAVE DELIVERED UP THE KINGDOM TO GOD --- EVEN THE FATHER --- WHEN HE SHALL HAVE PUT DOWN ALL RULE AND ALL AUTHORITY AND POWER***** 15:27 FOR HE HATH PUT ALL THINGS UNDER HIS FEET BUT WHEN HE SAITH ALL THINGS ARE PUT UNDER HIM IT IS MANIFEST THAT HE IS EXCEPTED WHICH DID PUT ALL THINGS UNDER HIM

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