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And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. John 8:32

Frequently Asked Question

Please explain what baptism is being considered in I Cor. 15:29 and who are the dead (dead ones)?

Paul wrote, "Whether then it be I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed. Now if Christ is preached that he hath been raised from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?" (1 Cor. 15:11-12). There are three groups mentioned here:

  1. "I or they" -- the apostles (1 Cor 15:11)
  2. "You" -- the Corinthian Christians were holding to truth (1 Cor 15:12)
  3. "Them" -- members of the church in Corinth who taught error -- "there is no resurrection of the dead."
In verse 20 Paul says, "Else what shall they do that are baptized for the dead? If the dead are not raised at all, why then are they baptized for them?" This is the same "they" mentioned earlier -- these were the people who were saying "there is no resurrection of the dead." They were also the people who were baptizing for the dead. The dead here is not "dead in sin," but the physically dead. They were being baptized for their physically dead friends and relatives, but were inconsistent in saying "there is no resurrection." The apostle is simply pointing out that their action contradicted their teaching. His argument is for a general resurrection of all the dead and he is answering the false teachers who denied such resurrection.

H. A. "Buster" Dobbs, email:
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