A Tidbit of Calvin: Why Jesus became the God-man.


Therefore, our Lord came forth very man, adopted the person of Adam, and assumed his name, that he might in his stead obey the Father; that he might present our flesh as the price of satisfaction to the just judgement of God, and in the same flesh pay the penalty which occured. Finally, since as God only he could not suffer, and as man only could not overcome death, he united the human nature with the divine, that he might subject the weakness of the one to death as an expiation of sin, and by the power of the other, maintaining a struggle with death, might gain us the victory. – Institutes of the Christian Religion (Book 2, chapter 12, section 3, Hendrickson publishing, emphasis added).

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