D.J. Williams makes a simple, practical observation on God's sovereignty.
One examiner of Calvinism asks, "Why is the raising of Lazarus so universally invoked by major Calvinist authors as a means to illustrate spiritual regeneration?" Well, why does Paul refer to the unregenerate in Ephesians 2:1 as being dead in trespasses and sin? The point is that dead is dead, whether we're talking about a person's physical condition or spiritual condition -- and a dead man is incapable of raising himself.