from Calvin’s Sermon on Isaiah 53:4-6

Calvin’s thoughts on Isa. 53:4, “Stricken of God”

It is true that God never had any other feeling towards his only Son than what he expressed when he said: “This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased; hear Him” (Matt. 3:17; 17:5). Earlier, God had declared that Jesus Christ satisfied him completely and that he was well-pleased with him. And indeed, as Paul says in chapter 1 of Ephesians, we could not be pleasing to God in the Name of his only Son save because, in the first place and in the highest degree, he was himself the well-beloved (Eph 1:6). Yet that did not prevent our being acquitted by God visiting his severity upon our Lord Jesus Christ. He loved him, and yet it was his will to afflict him for our sins. For he did not look upon the righteousness, integrity, and perfection that was in Jesus Christ; but rather took him as being there in the place of alll sinners. So we see that Jesus Christ was laden with all our sins and iniquities; not at all because he was guilty of them, but because he was willing for them to be imputed to himself, and to render account for them and make the payment. This, then, is how we must take the words of the Prophet when he says that Jesus Christ was not only crucified by the hands of men. but also appeared before the judgment seat of God and there took our case upon himself and surrendered himself to bear the accusation that we have earned.

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About Michael R. Jones

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