Could Lazarus Have Said ‘No’?

Posted on July 14, 2011

Dr. James White addresses this question in the following video.  The text in question is from John 11, where Jesus promises that He will raise Lazarus from the dead in verse 23:

Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.”

In reference to the question posed then, could Lazarus have refused to come forth when Jesus commanded with a loud voice in John 11:43:

“Lazarus, come out.”?

Absolutely not, as this would necessarily imply that Jesus could have failed in His promise to raise Lazarus from the dead.

For a more detailed commentary on this issue as it relates to sinners who are dead in their sin being raised to spiritual life, please see the following article addressing John 5:25: The Dead Will Hear and Live

Now, from James White: