What if Jesus had said to dead Lazarus,
"Lazarus, I invite you to come forth," or
"Lazarus, I offer you life. Please accept it!"
The former requires conscious acceptance by, but the latter presupposes lifeless passivity of, the invitee! How did Christ deal with you when you were dead in trespasses and sins?
39 Jesus said, Take ye away the stone. Martha, the sister of him that was dead, saith unto him, Lord, by this time he stinketh: for he hath been dead four days....
43 And when he thus had spoken, he cried with a loud voice, Lazarus, come forth.
44 And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, Loose him, and let him go.
Do you ask questions?
Try asking a few, please. Thanks. Then we can consider them together in order to rightly divide the word of truth.
Let me ask a few questions.
1. Did Jesus invite the dead Lazarus to come forth? Or did His life-giving voice summon the dead man to life?
2. Did Jesus command the disciples to do anything to assist Him or for Lazarus before He had brought him to life?
3. Was there anything the disciples could do for Lazarus who was dead in the grave? Garnish his tomb, perhaps? Did the disciples foolishly offer to assist Christ in raising the dead man?
4. When did Jesus command the disciples to do something for the benefit of Lazarus?
Ask some relevant questions if you wish to rightly divide the word of truth.
Go to now, and ask some questions; may the Lord bless you.