Calvin on Isaiah 53:5

From Calvin’s Commentary on Isaiah 53:5, “…and with his stripes we are healed.”

The Prophet again directs us to Christ, that we may betake ourselves to his wounds, provided that we wish to regain life.

Here the Prophet draws a contrast between us and Christ; for in us nothing can be found but destruction and death; in Christ alone is life and salvation, he alone brought medicine to us, and even procures health by his weakness, and life by his death; for he alone hath pacified the Father, he alone hath reconciled us to him.

Here we might bring forward many things about the blessed consequences of Christ’s sufferings, if we had not determined to expound rather than to preach; and therefore let us be satisfied with a plain exposition.

Let every one, therefore, draw consolation from this passage, and let him apply the blessed result of this doctrine to his own use; for these words are spoken to all in general, and to individuals in particular.

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About Michael R. Jones

Pastor and PhD candidate writing on Paul's theology of suffering.
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