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John 11:25-26,43

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 25 Jesus said to her, "I am the resurrection, and the life. He who believes in me, although he might die, yet he shall live."

 26 Whoever lives and believes in me shall never die.2 Do you believe this?" [Jesus has just said that you must be living in him, and then, believe in Him, (being in Him, you believe Him), (both together), to have eternal life. From the Word of the Lord within: "What must you do to inherit eternal life? — what everyone must do: keep the commandments, pick up your cross, and follow me. The works of my father must be done by all if you are to inherit eternal life."]

 43 And when he had thus spoken, he cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth!"3 [Like the resurrection of Lazarus, after you undergo the baptism of death, the Lord calls you by name to "come forth" and be raised with Him into a newness of life. The baptism of death, burial, being raised with Him, and newness of life are not to be imagined, assumed, or presumed. From the Word of the Lord within: "You are raised to a new life, not just an imitation; He is one with us and ever-present. The new life is as radically different as a man who has lived underground his whole life, suddenly coming above ground to see the sun, the sky, the plants, the animals, the wind, the stars."]

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3 And when he had thus spoken, he cried with a loud voice, "Lazarus, come forth!" Like the resurrection of Lazarus, after you undergo the baptism of death, the Lord calls you by name to "come forth" and be raised with Him into a newness of life. Burial, baptism into death, being raised with Him, and newness of life are not to be imagined, assumed, or presumed. From the Word of the Lord within: "You are raised to a new life, not just an imitation; He is one with us and ever-present. The new life is as radically different as a man who has lived underground his whole life, suddenly coming above ground to see the sun, the sky, the plants, the animals, the wind, the stars."

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. However, “The words that I speak to you are spirit, and they are life-giving," John 6:63; 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).

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