For if the dead are not raised, then the Messiah has not been raised; and if the Messiah has not been raised, your faith is mere delusion [futile, fruitless], and you are still in your sins [under the control and penalty of sin];
And further, those who have died in [spiritual fellowship and union with] the Messiah have perished (are lost)!
If we who are [abiding] in the Messiah have hope only in this life and that is all, then we are of all people most miserable and to be pitied.
But the fact is that the Messiah has been raised from the dead, and He became the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep [in death].
For since [it was] through a man that death [came into the world, it is] also through a Man that the resurrection of the dead [has come].
For just as [because of their union of nature] in Adam all people die, so also [by virtue of their union of nature] shall all in the Messiah be made alive.
But each in his own rank and turn: the Messiah [is] the firstfruits, then those who are the Messiah’s [own will be resurrected] at His coming.
After that comes the end (the completion), when He delivers over the kingdom to the Almighty Creator or the Father after rendering inoperative and abolishing every [other] rule and every authority and power.
For [ the Messiah] must be King and reign until He has put all [His] enemies under His feet. [Psa 110:1]
The last enemy to be subdued and abolished is death.
For He [the Father] has put all things in subjection under His [the Messiah’s] feet. But when it says, All things are put in subjection [under Him], it is evident that He [Himself] is excepted Who does the subjecting of all things to Him. [Psa 8:6]
However, when everything is subjected to Him, then the Son Himself will also subject Himself to [the Father] Who put all things under Him, so that the Almighty Creator may be all in all [be everything to everyone, supreme, the indwelling and controlling factor of life].
Otherwise, what do people mean by being [themselves] baptized in behalf of the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why are people baptized for them?
[For that matter], why do I live [dangerously as I do, running such risks that I am] in peril every hour?