The Wondrous Exchange

This is the wondrous 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.17.2, quoted in Douglas F. Kelly, Systematic Theology, Volume One, 440.