Wednesday, February 16, 2011

The Condescension of God

And he said unto me: Knowest thou the condescension of God? I Nephi 11:16

A clean person cannot stand being in a filthy place even for a short time. Those who live in communion with God find it very unpleasant to live among ungodly people. Indeed, some abandon the world to live as hermits in the desert or in caves. If we, as sinful people, cannot stand the company of evil doers, what agony must the Master have known.

When we speak of his suffering, we often mean the six hours of the crucifixion. But his whole life as the embodiment of holiness among the defiled must have been a trial. He took this on himself to rescue us from death. It is beyond our comprehension. Even the angels cannot comprehend it. It is an amazing thing that God, out of love, should become one of us that we might gain eternal life.


  1. May Sundar Singh's name be blessed forever if only for this tender insight. Truly I have not understood the condescension of my Savior! I am stumbling for words but thank you for this one!

  2. Thanks Donna a wonderful insight full of complicated possibilities. So for example we know that Christ grew "line upon line" into his understanding of himself and his mission, at what point in his life did he recognize clearly his own nature? We have the incident in the temple at 12 as the only scriptural indicator and there he is clearly "about his Father's business" so it was quite early.

  3. I have never thought of it this way. Thank you.