“And it came to pass, as we went to prayer, a certain damsel possessed with a spirit of divination met us, which brought her masters much gain by soothsaying:
 The same followed Paul and us, and cried, saying, These men are the servants of the most high God, which shew unto us the way of salvation.
 And this did she many days. But Paul, being grieved, turned and said to the spirit, I command thee in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her. And he came out the same hour.
 And when her masters saw that the hope of their gains was gone, they caught Paul and Silas, and drew them into the marketplace unto the rulers,
 And brought them to the magistrates, saying, These men, being Jews, do exceedingly trouble our city,
 And teach customs, which are not lawful for us to receive, neither to observe, being Romans.
 And the multitude rose up together against them: and the magistrates rent off their clothes, and commanded to beat them.
 And when they had laid many stripes upon them, they cast them into prison, charging the jailor to keep them safely:
 Who, having received such a charge, thrust them into the inner prison, and made their feet fast in the stocks.
 And at midnight Paul and Silas prayed, and sang praises unto God: and the prisoners heard them.”
 And suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken: and immediately all the doors were opened, and every one’s bands were loosed.
 And the keeper of the prison awaking out of his sleep, and seeing the prison doors open, he drew out his sword, and would have killed himself, supposing that the prisoners had been fled.
 But Paul cried with a loud voice, saying, Do thyself no harm: for we are all here.
 Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas,
 And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
 And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
– Acts 16:16-31
 “But when Paul perceived that the one part were Sadducees, and the other Pharisees, he cried out in the council, Men and brethren, I am a Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee: of the hope and resurrection of the dead I am called in question.”
– Acts 23:6
 “Then Paul, after that the governor had beckoned unto him to speak, answered, Forasmuch as I know that thou hast been of many years a judge unto this nation, I do the more cheerfully answer for myself:
 Because that thou mayest understand, that there are yet but twelve days since I went up to Jerusalem for to worship.
 And they neither found me in the temple disputing with any man, neither raising up the people, neither in the synagogues, nor in the city:
 Neither can they prove the things whereof they now accuse me.
 But this I confess unto thee, that after the way which they call heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers, believing all things which are written in the law and in the prophets:
 And have hope toward God, which they themselves also allow, that there shall be a resurrection of the dead, both of the just and unjust.
 And herein do I exercise myself, to have always a conscience void to offence toward God, and toward men.
 Now after many years I came to bring alms to my nation, and offerings.
 Whereupon certain Jews from Asia found me purified in the temple, neither with multitude, nor with tumult.
 Who ought to have been here before thee, and object, if they had ought against me.
 Or else let these same here say, if they have found any evil doing in me, while I stood before the council,
 Except it be for this one voice, that I cried standing among them, Touching the resurrection of the dead I am called in question by you this day.“
– Acts 24:10-21
 “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
 And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve:
 After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep.
 After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles.
 And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time.
 For I am the least of the apostles, that am not meet to be called an apostle, because I persecuted the church of God.
 But by the grace of God I am what I am: and his grace which was bestowed upon me was not in vain; but I laboured more abundantly than they all: yet not I, but the grace of God which was with me.
 Therefore whether it were I or they, so we preach, and so ye believed.
 Now if Christ be preached that he rose from the dead, how say some among you that there is no resurrection of the dead?
 But if there be no resurrection of the dead, then is Christ not risen:
 And if Christ be not risen, then is our preaching vain, and your faith is also vain.
 Yea, and we are found false witnesses of God; because we have testified of God that he raised up Christ: whom he raised not up, if so be that the dead rise not.
 For if the dead rise not, then is not Christ raised:
 And if Christ be not raised, your faith is vain; ye are yet in your sins.
 Then they also which are fallen asleep in Christ are perished.
 If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable.
 But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept.
 For since by man came death, by man came also the resurrection of the dead.
 For as in Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made alive.
 But every man in his own order: Christ the firstfruits; afterward they that are Christ’s at his coming.
 Then cometh the end, when he shall have delivered up the kingdom to God, even the Father; when he shall have put down all rule and all authority and power.
 For he must reign, till he hath put all enemies under his feet.
 The last enemy that shall be destroyed is death.
 For he hath put all things under his feet. But when he saith all things are put under him, it is manifest that he is excepted, which did put all things under him.
 And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all.
 Else what shall they do which are baptized for the dead, if the dead rise not at all? why are they then baptized for the dead?
 And why stand we in jeopardy every hour?
 I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.
 If after the manner of men I have fought with beasts at Ephesus, what advantageth it me, if the dead rise not? let us eat and drink; for to morrow we die.
 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
 Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.
 But some man will say, How are the dead raised up? and with what body do they come?
 Thou fool, that which thou sowest is not quickened, except it die:
 And that which thou sowest, thou sowest not that body that shall be, but bare grain, it may chance of wheat, or of some other grain:
 But God giveth it a body as it hath pleased him, and to every seed his own body.
 All flesh is not the same flesh: but there is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds.
 There are also celestial bodies, and bodies terrestrial: but the glory of the celestial is one, and the glory of the terrestrial is another.
 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars: for one star differeth from another star in glory.
 So also is the resurrection of the dead. It is sown in corruption; it is raised in incorruption:
 It is sown in dishonour; it is raised in glory: it is sown in weakness; it is raised in power:
 It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
 And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
 Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.
 The first man is of the earth, earthy; the second man is the Lord from heaven.
 As is the earthy, such are they also that are earthy: and as is the heavenly, such are they also that are heavenly.
 And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly.
 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
 O death, where is thy sting? O grave, where is thy victory?
 The sting of death is sin; and the strength of sin is the law.
 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.
 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.
– 1 Corinthians 15:1-58 KJV (Full chapter)
“The resurrection of Christ and the resurrection of all who are in Christ was the sustaining power of Paul’s song in suffering and love for the jailer.” – John Piper