John Calvin on Our Great Savior

Moreover, it was especially necessary for this cause also that he who was to be our Redeemer should be truly God and man.

It was his to swallow up death:
who but Life could do so?

It was his to conquer sin:
who could do so save Righteousness itself?

It was his to put to flight the powers of the air and the world:
who could do so but the mighty power superior to both?

But who possesses life and righteousness,
and the dominion and government of heaven,
but God alone?

Therefore, God, in his infinite mercy, having determined to redeem us,
became himself our Redeemer in the person of his only begotten Son.

(Institutes, II.12.2)

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