In three ways this is true. John 11:25-26. Our will contains our whole intention; it sums up our spiritual nature. "Whedon's Commentary on the Bible". He does not say, I raise the dead; I perform the resurrection, but I am the resurrection, In His own person, representing humanity, He exhibits man as immortal, but immortal only through union with Him. Renewal 1960. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/sbc/john-11.html. 1897-1910. It is owing to his resurrection, that they are begotten again to a lively hope, or are quickened, that has a virtual influence upon it; and it is not only the cause, but the exemplar of it. Those who arise to glory have Him within them. Though he were dead; more exactly, though he die. So likewise with the faithful; what they have striven to be, they shall be made. It is as though Jesus had said: In me death is certain to live, and the living is certain never to die” (Godet). He who believeth in me, though, he were dead, shall live. The law of perfect recognition is inseparable from the law of personal identity. In Him is lodged everything that is essential to life, in its origin, its maintenance, and its consummation, and all this is conveyed to the believer in his union with Him. See note on Exodus 3:14, and Compare John 8:58. believeth. Has sin never slain you? We have no other source of life. When will take place the happy, thrilling reunion of all loving hearts, when they will be able to walk together in the light of God and love again in the beauty of fond affection? Now Jesus challenged Martha to go beyond her understanding of bodily resurrection in the last day. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/wen/john-11.html. Used by permission of Broadman Press (Southern Baptist Sunday School Board). Where, two short days ago, He bore the spitting, wounds, and wrong. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: Whoso believeth in me, even if he shall have died, and believes in me, will assuredly not die for ever, á¼Î³Ï Îµá¼°Î¼Î¹ á¼¡ á¼Î½Î¬ÏÏÎ±ÏÎ¹Ï ÎºÎ±á½¶ á¼¡ Î¶ÏÎ®, á¼¡ á¼Î½Î¬ÏÏÎ±ÏÎ¹Ï ÎºÎ±á½¶ á¼¡ Î¶ÏÎ®. But the kingdom of the resurrection is before us, all new, all enduring, all Divine; its bliss has no future, no clouds upon the horizon, no fading, no instability. So likewise such that have been dead in sin, and dead in law, under a sentence of condemnation, as all mankind are in Adam, and being in a natural and sinful estate, and as the chosen of God themselves are; yet being brought to believe in Christ, that is, to see the excellency and suitableness of him as a Saviour, and the necessity of salvation by him; to go out of themselves to him, disclaiming their own righteousness; venture their souls upon him, give up themselves to him, trust in him, and depend upon him for eternal life and salvation; these live spiritually; they appear to have a principle of life in them; they breathe after spiritual things; they see the Son of God, and behold his glory; they handle the word of life; they speak the language of Canaan, and walk by faith on Christ, as they have received him; they live a life of sanctification and justification; they are manifestly in Christ, and have him, an interest in him, and so must have life; they live comfortably; they live by faith on Christ, and his righteousness, and have communion with him here, and expect to have, and shall have eternal life hereafter. There is no need to look forward to the last day; He is (not ‘will be’) the Resurrection and the Life. The joy of today sinks with the sun, and is remembered with sadness tomorrow. Earlier, Jesus had heard that His good friend was sick, but instead of going to visit Lazarus, Jesus “stayed where he was for two more days” (John 11:6). Death and the forerunners of death have so fast a hold upon the body; sin and the soils of sin pierce so deep into the soul, that the thought to be one day deathless and sinless seems to be a dream. 1865-1868. Jesus proceeded to make another of His "I am" claims. https:https://www.studylight.org/commentaries/jfu/john-11.html. The word "yet "is not in the Greek, and is unwarrantably introduced by both Authorized Version and Revised Version. "Commentary on John 11:25". "Commentary on John 11:25". anvil was cleft, and the hammer broken," &c. Why do ye not maul the Sadducees 1891. This is a thought of wonder almost beyond conception or belief. "Robertson's Word Pictures of the New Testament". If Christ were only a "good Prayer of Manasseh," he could not have said this! In a similar manner he is said to be made of God unto us “wisdom and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption,” 1 Corinthians 1:30. He that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live.—Better, though he have died . This is truly a remarkable commendation of faith, that it conveys to us the life of Christ, and thus frees us from death. Our Saviour indeed hath more in his answer than respected the present case; but there was nothing more usual with him, than in his discourses to raise up the hearts of his people to higher things, as he doth in this place raise Martha beyond the thoughts of a resurrection of her brother’s body to a natural life, to the thoughts of a spiritual and eternal life. He scarcely knows that he has faith. He is a living man as quickened into life by the power of the Spirit of God, and yet he is dead. O dull hearts, and slow to believe what He has Himself spoken! Yes, he had; and by that faith he was saved, justified, accepted, brought out, and delivered, and able to say, "Salvation is of the Lord.". They might as well say that the dead walk. He that believeth in me, though, &c.] Oh the wonderful force of faith! The light of today is not quenched at sunset and rekindled at tomorrow's sunrise, but is ever one, always burning broad and luminous in the sight of God and of holy angels. And so, too, of the soul. It shall be still more glorious than the body, even as the Spirit is above the flesh. Jesus said, I am the resurrection — The author and cause of the resurrection of the dead; and the life — The source of life, natural, spiritual, and eternal; of the living, both in the present world and in the world to come. When you are being sued, you want a lawyer and not a law book. "Commentary on John 11:25". me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: [I am the resurrection.] Here, then, is the connection between the resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ from the dead and the experience of this seemingly dead soul.