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 15:20

  • "Never to die again " clarifies the comment that Chris was the FIRST of a great harvest to be risen from the dead.
  • Joshua hood for verse 20
    Jesus Christ is the " first-fruits" because he is the first to have risen from the dead never to have died again. Others had been risen from the dead before him, see Lazarus ; but who again at later dates died again. Jesus Christ is the first to have arisen from the dead never to have died again.

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