1 Corinthians 15:25 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

1 Corinthians 15:25, NIV: For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.

1 Corinthians 15:25, ESV: For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet.

1 Corinthians 15:25, KJV: For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.

1 Corinthians 15:25, NASB: For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.

1 Corinthians 15:25, NLT: For Christ must reign until he humbles all his enemies beneath his feet.

1 Corinthians 15:25, CSB: For he must reign until he puts all his enemies under his feet.

What does 1 Corinthians 15:25 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul is sketching out, with very little detail, the events that will be set in motion during what Christians often call the "end times." First, when Christ returns, all who belong to Him will be physically resurrected from the dead, which is Paul's larger point in this passage.

Paul has added though that, after that incredible moment, Jesus will dethrone every rulership, power, and authority on earth to take full control of the world as His own kingdom, which He will immediately hand over to the Father. Now Paul emphasizes that Jesus will not hand it over to the Father until He has "put all of his enemies under his feet" or defeated them absolutely and irrevocably. Until that moment, Christ Himself will reign.

The separate roles of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit in the Trinity are difficult to comprehend. All are one as God, and yet they maintain separate enough identities that Christ the Son will reign until He delivers what He has conquered to the Father.