The Wonderful Exchange

Earlier this year a friend gave me the book Thine Is My Heart. It is a book of devotional readings from the writings of John Calvin compiled by John H. Kromminga. If you have any interest in John Calvin’s writings I would recommend this book as a good starting point. It will introduce you to his writings from various sources. There are selections from his Institutes of the Christian Religion, Commentaries, Sermons and various correspondences. The one below is from a couple of weeks ago and I found it to be especially edifying.


And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. I Corinthians 11:24

From the Lord’s Supper pious souls, derive the benefit of considerable satisfaction and confidence; because it affords us a testimony that we are incorporated into one body with Christ, so that whatever is his, we are at liberty to call ours. The consequence of this is, that we venture to assure ourselves of our interest in eternal life, of which he is the heir, and that the kingdom of heaven, into which he has already entered, can no more be lost by us than by him; and, on the other hand, that we cannot be condemned by our sins, from the guilt of which he absolved us, when he wished them to be imputed to himself, as if they were his own. This is the wonderful exchange which, in his infinite goodness, he has made with us.

Submitting to our poverty, he has transferred to us his riches;

assuming our weakness, he has strengthened us by his power;

accepting our mortality, he has conferred on us his immortality;

taking on himself the load of iniquity with which we were oppressed, he has clothed us with his righteousness;

descending to the earth, he has prepared a way for our ascending to heaven;

becoming with us the Son of man, he has made us, with himself, the sons of God. – Institutes, IV, xvii, ii


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