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1 Corinthians 15:2

    1 Corinthians 15:2 Translations

    King James Version (KJV)

    By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.

    American King James Version (AKJV)

    By which also you are saved, if you keep in memory what I preached to you, unless you have believed in vain.

    American Standard Version (ASV)

    by which also ye are saved, if ye hold fast the word which I preached unto you, except ye believed in vain.

    Basic English Translation (BBE)

    By which you have salvation; that is to say, the form in which it was given to you, if it is fixed in your minds, and if your faith in it is not without effect.

    Webster's Revision

    by which also ye are saved, if ye hold fast the word which I preached unto you, except ye believed in vain.

    World English Bible

    by which also you are saved, if you hold firmly the word which I preached to you--unless you believed in vain.

    English Revised Version (ERV)

    by which also ye are saved; I make known, I say, in what words I preached it unto you, if ye hold it fast, except ye believed in vain.

    Definitions for 1 Corinthians 15:2

    Vain - Empty; foolish; useless.

    Clarke's Commentary on 1 Corinthians 15:2

    By which also ye are saved - That is, ye are now in a salvable state; and are saved from your Gentilism, and from your former sins.

    If ye keep in memory - Your future salvation, or being brought finally to glory, will now depend on your faithfulness to the grace that ye have received.

    Barnes' Notes on 1 Corinthians 15:2

    By which also ye are saved - On which your salvation depends; the belief of which is indispensable to your salvation; see the note on Mark 16:16. The apostle thus shows the "importance" of the doctrine. In every respect it demanded their attention. It was that which was first preached among them; that which they had solemnly professed; that by which they had been built up; and that which was connected with their salvation. It does not mean simply that by this they were brought into a salvable state (Clarke, Macknight, Whitby, Bloomfield, etc.), but it means that their hopes of eternal life rested on this; and by this they were then "in fact" saved from the condemnation of sin, and were in the possession of the hope of eternal life.

    If ye keep in memory - Margin, as in the Greek, "if ye hold fast." The idea is, that they were saved by this, or would be, if they faithfully retained or held the doctrine as he delivered it; if they observed it, and still believed it, notwithstanding all the efforts of their enemies, and all the arts of false teaching to wrest it from them. There is a doubt delicately suggested here, whether they did in fact still adhere to his doctrine, or whether they had not abandoned it in part for the opposite.

    Unless ye have believed in vain - You will be saved by it, if you adhere to it, unless it shall turn out that it was vain to believe, and that the doctrine was false. That it was "not" false, he proceeds to demonstrate. Unless all your trials, discouragements, and hopes were to no purpose, and all have been the result of imposture; and unless all your profession is false and hollow, you will be saved by this great doctrine which I first preached to you.

    Wesley's Notes on 1 Corinthians 15:2

    15:2 Ye are saved, if ye hold fast - Your salvation is begun, and will be perfected, if ye continue in the faith. Unless ye have believed in vain - Unless indeed your faith was only a delusion.