The Wonderful Exchange


This is the wonderful exchange which, out of his measureless benevolence, he has made with us;
that, becoming Son of man with us,
he has made us sons of God with him;
that, by his descent to earth,
he has prepared an ascent to heaven for us;
that, by taking on our mortality,
he has conferred his immortality upon us;
that, accepting our weakness,
he has strengthened us by his power;
that, receiving our poverty unto himself,
he has transferred his wealth to us;
that, taking the weight of our iniquity upon himself (which oppressed us),
he has clothed us with his righteousness.

John Calvin, Institutes of the Christian Religion, iv.xvii.2

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