|John 11:43 |
43 And when he had thus spoken, he cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth!"3
3 Some say that since the words in the Bible are Christ's, to read them is the same as to have heard him speak them.
“The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life-giving;” he does not say the words as written, much less the scriptures or writings, are spirit and life. When Christ himself speaks to a soul, his words are spirit and life to that soul, for spirit and life are in his words, when he speaks them. But when another reads or speaks them without his spirit, they minister neither spirit nor life. For instance, Christ's calling to Lazarus when dead and buried, “Lazarus come forth;" his words were spirit and life to Lazarus. But let another read or speak the same words to a man dead and buried, and cry to him to come forth, they will not raise him to life. (From A Christian Progress).