or about this one statement I cried out while standing among them, 'Today I am being judged before you concerning the resurrection of the dead.'"
And now I stand on trial for the hope of the promise made by God to our fathers,
[the promise] our 12 tribes hope to attain as they earnestly serve Him night and day. Because of this hope I am being accused by the Jews, O king!
So, for this reason I've asked to see you and speak to you. In fact, it is for the hope of Israel that I'm wearing this chain."
And they said to him, "We haven't received any letters about you from Judea; none of the brothers has come and reported or spoken anything evil about you.
But we consider it suitable to hear from you what you think. For concerning this sect, we are aware that it is spoken against everywhere."
After arranging a day with him, many came to him at his lodging. From dawn to dusk he expounded and witnessed about the kingdom of God. He persuaded them concerning Jesus from both the Law of Moses and the Prophets.
Some were persuaded by what he said, but others did not believe.
Disagreeing among themselves, they began to leave after Paul made one statement: "The Holy Spirit correctly spoke through the prophet Isaiah to your forefathers
when He said, Go to this people and say: 'You will listen and listen, yet never understand; and you will look and look, yet never perceive.
For this people's heart has grown callous, their ears are hard of hearing, and they have shut their eyes; otherwise they might see with their eyes and hear with their ears, understand with their heart, and be converted-- and I would heal them.'
Therefore, let it be known to you that this saving work of God has been sent to the Gentiles; they will listen!"
[[After he said these things, the Jews departed, while engaging in a prolonged debate among themselves.]]
Then he stayed two whole years in his own rented house. And he welcomed all who visited him,
proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with full boldness and without hindrance.
When Paul realized that one part of them were Sadducees and the other part were Pharisees, he cried out in the Sanhedrin, "Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees! I am being judged because of the hope of the resurrection of the dead!"
When he said this, a dispute broke out between the Pharisees and the Sadducees, and the assembly was divided.
For the Sadducees say there is no resurrection, and no angel or spirit, but the Pharisees affirm them all.
But I know my living Redeemer, and He will stand on the dust at last.
Even after my skin has been destroyed, yet I will see God in my flesh.
Many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake, some to eternal life, and some to shame and eternal contempt.
Now concerning the resurrection of the dead, haven't you read what was spoken to you by God:
I am the God of Abraham and the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob? He is not the God of the dead, but of the living."
Do not be amazed at this, because a time is coming when all who are in the graves will hear His voice
and come out-- those who have done good things, to the resurrection of life, but those who have done wicked things, to the resurrection of judgment.
Now if Christ is preached as raised from the dead, how can some of you say, "There is no resurrection of the dead"?
But if there is no resurrection of the dead, then Christ has not been raised;
and if Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is without foundation, and so is your faith.
In addition, we are found to be false witnesses about God, because we have testified about God that He raised up Christ-- whom He did not raise up if in fact the dead are not raised.
For if the dead are not raised, Christ has not been raised.
And if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins.
Therefore those who have fallen asleep in Christ have also perished.
If we have placed our hope in Christ for this life only, we should be pitied more than anyone.
But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep.
For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead also comes through a man.
For just as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.
But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; afterward, at His coming, the people of Christ.
Then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to God the Father, when He abolishes all rule and all authority and power.
For He must reign until He puts all His enemies under His feet.
The last enemy to be abolished is death.
For He has put everything under His feet. But when it says "everything" is put under Him, it is obvious that He who puts everything under Him is the exception.
He will transform the body of our humble condition into the likeness of His glorious body, by the power that enables Him to subject everything to Himself.
Since we believe that Jesus died and rose again, in the same way God will bring with Him those who have fallen asleep through Jesus.
For we say this to you by a revelation from the Lord: We who are still alive at the Lord's coming will certainly have no advantage over those who have fallen asleep.
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the archangel's voice, and with the trumpet of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first.
Blessed and holy is the one who shares in the first resurrection! The second death has no power over these, but they will be priests of God and the Messiah, and they will reign with Him for 1,000 years.
I also saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life, and the dead were judged according to their works by what was written in the books.
Then the sea gave up its dead, and Death and Hades gave up their dead; all were judged according to their works.