When Jesus called Lazarus from the dead, he came out alive, restored; rigor mortis no longer controlled his body. However, he was still bound in the grave clothes. The grave clothes were Lazarus’ death garments, and he did not need them now that he was alive. He was free from death, but still had on his grave clothes. He could not free himself; he needed help from others to be completely free. That is why Jesus said, “Loose him, and let him go.” John 11:44 (KJV)
The body of Christ needs mature believers. A mature believer is someone who is willing to help others expecting nothing in return. They are not offended by the offender or an immature believer’s behavior; they love and are not easily offended. A mature believer is the demonstration of Galatians 6:1-3. The Apostle Paul calls them “spiritual.” In other words, they are guided by the Holy Spirit and not the flesh.
Many believers are like Lazarus; we are free from death and bondage of sin by the blood of Jesus, but we are walking around in our death clothes. These clothes are symbolic of the old nature, and it takes a mature believer to help and restore those whom the Lord has set free from the bondage of sin and error. As the Apostle Paul said, “You who are spiritual restore.” (Galatians 6:1)
It’s time to be free!
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