Quotes on Condescension of God

See also: 1 Nephi 11:32; 1 Nephi 11:12-25  

He showed condescension in his patience and restraint when brought before men for judgment. . . . (1 Ne 19:9)  The God who created everything was judged to be nothing! And yet he endured it with complete patience.  Imagine the Being whose power, whose light, whose glory holds the universe in order, the Being who speaks and solar systems, galaxies, and stars come into existence – standing before wicked men and being judged by them as being of no worth or value!  When we think of what he could have done to these men who took him to judgment, we have a new and different sense of his condescension. When Judas led the soldiers and the high priests to the Garden of Gethsemane and betrayed him with a kiss, Jesus could have spoken a single word and leveled the entire city of Jerusalem.  When the servant of the high priest stepped forward and slapped his face, Jesus could have lifted a finger and sent that man back to his original elements.  When another man stepped forward and spit in his face, Jesus had only to blink and our entire solar system could have been annihilated.  But he stood there, he endured, he suffered, he condescended. — Gerald N. Lund, Doctrines of the Book of Mormon, 1991 Sperry Symposium, pp. 85-86

I want the little folks [children] to hear what I am going to tell you.  I am going to tell you a simple truth, yet it is one of the greatest truths and one of the most simple facts ever revealed to the children of men. 

You all know that your fathers are indeed your fathers and that your mothers are indeed your mothers – you all know that don’t you?  You cannot deny it.  Now, we are told in scriptures that Jesus Christ is the only begotten Son of God in the flesh.  Well, now for the benefit of the older ones, how are children begotten?  I answer just as Jesus Christ was begotten of his father. . . . Now my little friends, I will repeat again in words as simple as I can, and you ask your parents about it, that God, the Eternal Father, is literally the father of Jesus Christ. — Joseph F. Smith, Box Elder Stake Conference, Dec 20, 1914 as quoted in Brigham City Box Elder News, 28 Jan, 1915, pp.1-2

Perhaps no theme is more evident (or critical) in the Book of Mormon than the announcement of the condescension of God.  To condescend is literally “to go down among.”  The “condescension of God” is to be understood (and is taught in this chapter) in two ways.  The first aspect is the condescension of God the Father, meaning Elohim.  “The condescension of God lies in the fact that he, an exalted Being, steps down from his eternal throne to become the Father of a mortal Son, a Son born ‘after the manner of the flesh.’” — Elder Bruce R. McConkie, The Mortal Messiah 1:314