Then the high priest took action. He and all his colleagues, those who belonged to the party of the Sadducees, were filled with jealousy.
But when the Jews saw the crowds, they were filled with jealousy and began to oppose what Paul was saying by insulting him.
During that time there was a major disturbance about the Way.
When Sanballat the Horonite and Tobiah the Ammonite official heard that someone had come to seek the well-being of the Israelites, they were greatly displeased.
So the chief priests and the Pharisees convened the Sanhedrin and said, "What are we going to do since this man does many signs?
If we let Him continue in this way, everybody will believe in Him! Then the Romans will come and remove both our place and our nation."
God raised up this man on the third day and permitted Him to be seen,
not by all the people, but by us, witnesses appointed beforehand by God, who ate and drank with Him after He rose from the dead.
He commanded us to preach to the people, and to solemnly testify that He is the One appointed by God to be the Judge of the living and the dead.
All the prophets testify about Him that through His name everyone who believes in Him will receive forgiveness of sins."
Then also, some of the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers argued with him. Some said, "What is this pseudo-intellectual trying to say?" Others replied, "He seems to be a preacher of foreign deities"-- because he was telling the good news about Jesus and the resurrection.
because He has set a day on which He is going to judge the world in righteousness by the Man He has appointed. He has provided proof of this to everyone by raising Him from the dead."
When they heard about resurrection of the dead, some began to ridicule him. But others said, "We will hear you about this again."
But I confess this to you: that according to the Way, which they call a sect, so I worship my fathers' God, believing all the things that are written in the Law and in the Prophets.
And I have a hope in God, which these men themselves also accept, that there is going to be a resurrection, both of the righteous and the unrighteous.
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.'"
Why is it considered incredible by any of you that God raises the dead?
that the Messiah must suffer, and that as the first to rise from the dead, He would proclaim light to our people and to the Gentiles."
And if the Spirit of Him who raised Jesus from the dead lives in you, then He who raised Christ from the dead will also bring your mortal bodies to life through His Spirit who lives in you.
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.
But each in his own order: Christ, the firstfruits; afterward, at His coming, the people of Christ.
And since we have the same spirit of faith in accordance with what is written, I believed, therefore I spoke, we also believe, and therefore speak,
knowing that the One who raised the Lord Jesus will raise us also with Jesus, and present us with you.
We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers, concerning those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve like the rest, who have no hope.
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.