1 Corinthians 15:11 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Corinthians 15:11, NIV: Whether, then, it is I or they, this is what we preach, and this is what you believed.

1 Corinthians 15:11, ESV: Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

1 Corinthians 15:11, KJV: Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.

1 Corinthians 15:11, NASB: Whether then it was I or they, so we preach and so you believed.

1 Corinthians 15:11, NLT: So it makes no difference whether I preach or they preach, for we all preach the same message you have already believed.

1 Corinthians 15:11, CSB: Whether, then, it is I or they, so we proclaim and so you have believed.

What does 1 Corinthians 15:11 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul began this section in verse 3 by describing the gospel as he preached it to his readers in Corinth and as he received it from Christ (Galatians 1:12). Faith in Christ's physical resurrection from the grave after His real and physical death is as central to the gospel as faith in Christ's death on the cross to cover sin.

Paul made a list of all those who had seen Christ alive after death, naming himself last, and then sidetracking into a short description of himself as one who did not deserve to be an apostle. By God's grace, though, he had vigorously carried out that mission.

Now he returns to the Corinthians and their faith in the gospel. The Christians in Corinth did hear it preached by Paul and other apostles and teachers. They believed it, too, exactly as it was presented to them. They believed that Jesus is the Son of God, that He died for their sin on the cross, and that he was raised from the dead to live in a physical body.

Paul is emphasizing the fact that they believed in Christ's resurrection because some in the church were teaching that there is no resurrection from the dead for Christians. Paul begins to tackle that head on in the following verses.