~ C O N D E S C E N S I O N ~
~ A T O N E M E N T ~
Knowest Thou the Condescension of God?
"Where ignorance abounds a definition of terms is often needful to insure proper
communication of thought and ideas. Such is the case with the word 'condescension,' for many of
a negatively subjective mind fails to see the good and are of the perspective that all things
are bad." ~ drh
Please excuse the necessary, though interupting, aside
from the real topic and matter at hand. Those prone to the 'quick and dirty' and of the negative
mind require that a proper definition and perspective of the word 'condescension' be given. If
one quickly seeks their definitions of understanding from the world's fastest idiot, the computer;
and from those who tend to suppose they know everything and dare to post such as to expose
to the world that they do not, comes this 'one liner' of a definition and meaning to the word
an attitude of patronizing superiority; disdain.
"a tone of condescension"
I would expect better than this first definition from 'Merriam-Webster,' but their 'quick and dirty'
definition, which they give online, is no better and as much of an ignorant negative mind as the first,
though they do 'later' include a bit more credible definition as well.
noun con·de·scen·sion \kän-di-'sen(t)-shən\
: the attitude or behavior of people who believe they are more
intelligent or better than other people
(they later include this:)
Full Definition of CONDESCENSION
1 : voluntary descent from one's rank or dignity in relations with
2 : patronizing attitude or behavior
With such limited and negative perspectives to the character and meaning of the word term 'condescension,'
without any positive perspective meaning to the word at all, it is of little wonder that the world of
today is filled with the lact of any due respect to be paid to a deserving person of any level of order,
rank or position. But what can you expect from today's world that believes that either they are equal to
God or that there is no God at all? When God Condescends, he does not do so with an attitude of
patronizing superiority or disdain. God does so because He loves and cares for his children. Any person
who so 'condescends' from their position of ranked order to minister to the needs of the people IS NOT
doing it out of malice, disdain or attitude of patronizing superiority. They are doing it out of the
goodness of their heart felt love and their desire to truly help and benefit those who they have come to
minister to. When God, for his Heaven on High 'condescends' to come to earth and take upon himself a
mortal body that he may suffer and bleed and die for those His people, He has not ventured 'down' because
he 'disdains' them. When Jesus ministered to the sick and the afflicted, healing them and blessing them;
He DID NOT do that to exhibit 'an attitude of patronizing superiority'. He did it out of love and concern
for his people and a desire to serve them and bring them to a higher and better way of life which would
benefit everyone. It is just sad and to me disturbing that the positive aspects of the word term is not
so given first and even formost above the negative aspect. Condescension is a good thing when it is done
by a great loving and positive person such as God and God's Son, Jesus Christ.
So first, to restore the concept of condescension to its rightful position of understanding, there are
various levels of position, needfully and deservedly so to be considered. The President of a country
rightfully deserves a degree of positive respect, a commanding officer in an ordered military or other
organized structured and ordered positions of a higher society deserve a level of rightful honor and
respect. A judge in a courtroom requires that respect in order to accomplish the due process of
law and to avoid a world of chaos. Such lopsided or skewed perspectives of the concept of
'condescension' as given by the negative and might I say 'ignorant' quick and dirty definitions
of the noun condescension only provoke a negative one sided view of life and the world and what
he, she or whoever they be who gives such skewed, slanted and shoddy first exposure to the world on
the internet or other such medias, are but basically 'mind-bending' their audience's perspectives of
life in a very negative manner.
Yes there are some who do use positions of supposed authority to display self-serving negative acts
of 'condescension.' But albeit for anyone who has read and studied the New Testament record to
truthfully and honestly say that Jesus Christ treated the sick and the afflicted, the poor and
the needy and those of an honest spirit with anything but love and kindness was so ministering to
them is a condescending, demeaning, disdainful manner with an attitude of patronizing superiority;
just has not read and understood the New Testament and they certainly know not Jesus. "Knowest thou not
the Condescension of God?" The Condescension of God in that which is only filled with kindness
and love for his fellow man. Those who did reap the scorn of the Lord, were those who were
the hypocrites of society who did condescend in the negative towards others. You see,
condescension in and of itself is not bad or negative. It is only made to be either of a good
or bad nature by those who choose to act poorly in there manner of threatment of others who
do not so deserve to be poorly treated. And offering first and foremost only the negative
view point of the act of condescension is in itself to so participate in the practice of only
seeing the bad in things.
The good Condescension of God is how all condescension should be practiced. It is the honorable
judge, it is the fair and just overseer in a societal position, it is love and kindness that
one of capability and ability does choose to show compassion to another of lesser means. Only
the negatively minded see only injustice and malpractice in the process of it. Those of a
positive mind set, who see the good in people first, can understand that good does come from one
of a higher position reaching down and raising up one of a lesser condition to lighten their
load and helping them out, and raising them up. And just perhaps a 'positive first' view of the
process of 'condescension' is needed by the world rather than first and foremost only the negative.
I am ashamed by this fact that a term such as Condescension has been so poorly conceived and
defined by the minds of men to be of such a low and degenerative nature. I hang my head in
that dishonor of the creature of mortal man that he can so dispell and attack the reaching
down of one of greater means to think and consider that they do but so reach down and condescend
merely to so belittle there fellow man. Is there not the greater nobility to be found as to
so define the term in a grander and more noble manner than this? Surely the philanthropist, the
altruist, the humanitarian, the Good Samaritan in the souls of men can see a greater good and
reason and purpose behand a person's condescension of love and mercy and heart felt desire to
help and aid his fellow being? Or are we all so turned inward and selfish without selflessness
to conclude that there is but one intent in an act of condescension one to another? What servants
of Lucifer are we if there are none such among us be to see the good perspective?
C O N D E S C E N S I O N
A T O N E M E N T
Understanding the height from which God did descend.
There are two prime aspects of the Condescension which should be understood. One is the hieght
from which the Condescension took place and the other is the depths of that descension, which
was below all things. And this it is that the Condescension of God cannot be spoken of and
understood without also discussing and understanding that Atonement for which the Condescension
was made. Much more than the mere coming to earth to obtain a body is the event and purpose
and involvement of the Condescension of God. He did not come down in order to mock or belittle
men for being less than he was, for indeed he was the greatest of all. But his Condescension was
for the very benefit of man and it would be himself who would be not only mocked and belittled
but murdered and cruxified unto death. The humility, suffering and descension of God was not
to make himself out to be better than all others, but to serve and sacrifice himself for the
total benefit and betterment of mankind.
To understand the heights from which Jesus Christ, who is the same as Jehovah, descended, one must
begin with the preexistence. In that pre-mortal realm, Jehovah, who would become Jehoshua or Jesus,
was the Firstborn Son of God the Father of Spirits in the Spirit. Jehovah was the eldest son of all
of Elohim's children. As such Jehovah was the heir of the Father. And when it came time to set the
Plan of Exaltation in motion, a Grand Council in Heave was held. Elohim, the Father was a full fledged
Celestial God with a Glorious Celestrial Body. As a God of that position and rank, Elohim was not in
a position to 'retrogress' to come to a mortal temporal estate to be born into mortality. Elohim already
held his Celestialization. Thus is was incumbent for the Father to appoint and annoint one of his spirit
sons to stand in his stead in the cause of the mortal temporal creation and portion of the plan of
salvation which required a Redeemer.
Thus in the grand council, Elohim put forth the formal questioned invitation. "Whom Shall I Sent?"
With that question being asked, of course all eyes would have turned to he who was the rightful heir of
the Father, Jehovah. And true to patern and form, Jehovah, the Eldest Son responded, "Here Am I, Send Me."
But then another did also reply. It was Lucifer, a Son of the Morning of high ranking. He stood forth
and stated, "Behold, here am I, send me, I will be thy son, and
I will dredeem all mankind, that one soul shall not be lost, and surely I
will do it; wherefore give me thine honor."
Then again, Jehovah, the Beloved Son said to Elohim, "Father, thy will be
done, and the glory be thine forever." And Elohim then said, "I will send the first."
This indicating not only he who answered first but more particularly meaning that he would sent His
'firstborn' son Jehovah.
And then from that point, the second, Lucifer, was angry, and failed to keep his first estate, and many
did follow after him. And because Lucifer rebelled against the Father and the Son, and sought to destroy
the agency of man, Which Elohim had give him, and also since Lucifer did seek to take both the power of
both the Father and the power of the Only Begotten, Jehovah; Elohim caused that Lucifer, Satan be cast
out of heaven and down to the earth. So Lucifer became Satan, even the devil, the father of all lies, to
deceive and to blind men, and to lead them captive at his will, even as many as would not hearken unto
the voice of Elohim.
(See: Abraham 3:27-28 & Moses 4:1-4 & Zechariah 3:1-10)
And thence it was that Jehovah was consecrated, annointed, empowered, and ordained with the fullness of
the power of the Father, to act in the stead of the Father in all things and to perform the Atonement
to the benefit of man (Lev. 16:32 [as shadowed by the temple/tabernacle typing of the lamb of God.). And
thus, as set forth by John, It was Jehovah, the Son, by whom all things were made under the direction of
the father. And without him was nothing made that was made concerning the temporal creation, that whatsoever
he made he would have the power to redeem by the power and authority of God. And Jehovah was therefore
made to be and function as our Ministering God in the name of the Father to stand in the stead of the
Father in all things that by him, in him and through him all things that were pertaining to this creation
was and were done. And no other way was given under Heaven but by Him and he was named Jehovah Deliverer
or that is 'Jehoshua'. And between man and God the Father, Jehovah would stand as the Redeemer, Savior,
Ministering God, the Advocate of man, the Mediator and the Intercessor in the cause of man, he Jehovah
taking upon himself the sins of all the world that he would by his atonement and redeeming sacrifice
bring all men back unto the Father.
And it was from this height of position and rank as being the Spirit God of the Old Testament, even
Jehovah, that Jesus would so Condescend to become man and to take upon himself the sins of all mankind,
that if they would come unto him and follow him back to the Father. And thereby it is through Jesus we
are saved. And it is Jehovah/Jesus who did descend from his throne divine as the great God Jehovah to
come come and be born into mortality, being the Only Begotten son of the Father in the Flesh and whose
mortal mother was Mary. And that was the condescension. And Jesus came down to that world where unto
Lucifer was cast down, that it might be said that he had descended below all things. And as a part of
that Condescension, Jesus came to serve all mankind according to the mind and will of the Father. And he
did humble himself for the benefit of man, to work to the mutual end in concert with the Father to bring
to past the immortality and eternal life of man. Great be the name of our God, Jehovah. Our one true
God appointed by the Father as the only one and true way by which man might obtain Heaven. Blessed be
His ever Great Name.
(Pearl of Great Price | Moses 4:1)Here Am I
The kind of condescension of which the 'quick, dirty and shoddy' definers of the word would
make of it, is that type of condescension that Lucifer would have inflected upon mankind and
which heartless men of pride and self agrandizement and super ego that would put other through
to but left himself up. Christ's Condescension was of no such manner. He gave himself willingly
to do but the will of his father for the benefit of his brothers and sisters of the prior realms
of eternity. What love, what mercy, can we forget?
And though it is Jehovah, he who was positioned to stand in the stead of the father in all
things', who as Jesus Christ, Condescended to come to earth as the atoning sacrifice for sin,
the topical guide lists it merely as being: 'Jesus Christ, Condescension of'. But for certain
the 'Condescension of God' must also be viewed at that line of positioned effort and undertaking
of God the Father, Elohim. For it was He of Whom it is spoken, "For God so loved the world that
He gave his only begotten Son.' And perhaps only such as Abraham has been enabled to imagine
just what that portion and perspective of the Condescention is from the position of the Father
who gave his son up to be so sacrificed and suffer for the sins of the world.
Jesus Christ, Condescension of
Ps. 113:6 humbleth himself to behold ... the earth
Isa. 50:6 I gave my back to the smiters
John 1:14 (Rom. 9:5; 1 Tim. 3:16; Mosiah 15:2; D&C 20:26; 93:4; Moses 7:47) Word was made flesh,
and dwelt among us
John 3:13 he that came down from heaven
John 6:38 came down from heaven, not to do mine own will
Rom. 8:3 God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh
Gal. 4:4 God sent forth his Son, made of a woman
Heb. 2:9 Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death
1 Jn. 5:6 he that came by water and blood
1 Ne. 11:16 Knowest thou the c. of God
1 Ne. 11:26 behold the c. of God
1 Ne. 19:10 God of Abraham ... yieldeth himself ... into the hands of wicked men
2 Ne. 4:26 Lord in his c. unto the children
Alma 7:13 Son of God suffereth according to the flesh
Alma 19:13 my Redeemer, and he shall ... be born of a woman
Ether 3:9 I shall take upon me flesh and blood
D&C 88:6 he descended below all things
D&C 122:8 Son of Man hath descended below them all
See also Isa. 53:2; Mosiah 14:1–3; 3 Ne. 1:13.
(Topical Guide | J Jesus Christ, Condescension of:Entry)
Jesus Christ, Atonement through (see also Forgiveness; Jesus Christ, Lamb of God; Jesus Christ, Mediator;
Jesus Christ, Messiah; Jesus Christ, Redeemer; Jesus Christ, Resurrection; Jesus Christ, Savior; Salvation)
Lev. 17:11 blood that maketh an a. for the soul
Isa. 53:6 (Mosiah 14:6) Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all
Zech. 9:11 by the blood of thy covenant
Matt. 8:17 Himself took our infirmities, and bare our sicknesses
Matt. 20:28 (1 Tim. 2:6) Son of man came ... to give his life a ransom
Matt. 26:28 my blood ... shed for many for the remission of sins
Luke 22:19 my body which is given for you
Luke 22:44 his sweat was as it were great drops of blood
John 6:51 my flesh, which I will give for the life of the world
John 10:15 I lay down my life for the sheep
John 11:25 I am the resurrection, and the life
John 12:32 (3 Ne. 27:15) if I be lifted up ... will draw all men unto me
John 14:6 no man cometh unto the Father but by me
John 17:4 finished the work which thou gavest me to do
John 17:19 for their sakes I sanctify myself
Acts 13:38 (13:38–41) through this man is preached ... forgiveness of sins
Rom. 3:25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation
Rom. 5:9 justified by his blood, we shall be saved
Rom. 5:11 (5:6–21) Christ, by whom we have now received the a.
Rom. 8:32 spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us
2 Cor. 5:18 hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus
Eph. 2:16 reconcile both unto God ... by the cross
Philip. 2:8 obedient unto death, even the death of the cross
Heb. 2:9 that he ... should taste death for every man
Heb. 5:9 author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey
Heb. 7:27 this he did once, when he offered up himself
Heb. 9:28 Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many
1 Pet. 2:21 Christ also suffered for us
1 Pet. 2:24 his own self bare our sins
1 Pet. 3:18 Christ also hath once suffered for sins
1 Jn. 1:7 blood of Jesus ... cleanseth us from all sin
1 Jn. 2:2 he is the propitiation for our sins
1 Jn. 3:5 he was manifested to take away our sins
1 Jn. 4:10 sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins
1 Ne. 11:33 he was lifted up upon the cross and slain for the sins
2 Ne. 2:7 he offereth himself a sacrifice for sin
2 Ne. 9:7 it must needs be an infinite a.
2 Ne. 10:25 May God raise you from everlasting death by the power of the a.
2 Ne. 11:5 great and eternal plan of deliverance
Jacob 4:11 reconciled unto him through the a. of Christ
Mosiah 3:16 blood of Christ a. for their sins
Mosiah 4:6 come to a knowledge of ... a. which has been prepared
Mosiah 13:28 were it not for the a. ... they must unavoidably perish
Mosiah 14:10 thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin
Alma 7:11 take upon him the pains and the sicknesses
Alma 34:8 he shall a. for the sins of the world
Alma 42:23 the a. bringeth to pass the resurrection
Hel. 5:9 saved, only through the a. blood of Jesus Christ
3 Ne. 11:14 God of the whole earth ... slain for the sins of the world
Moro. 8:20 setteth at naught the a.
Moro. 10:33 sanctified ... through the shedding of the blood
D&C 18:11 he suffered the pain of all men
D&C 19:16 I, God, have suffered these things for all
D&C 29:1 I Am, whose arm of mercy hath a. for your sins
D&C 38:4 by the virtue of the blood which I have spilt, have I pleaded
D&C 45:4 behold the sufferings and death of him who did no sin
D&C 74:7 little children are holy ... through the a.
D&C 76:69 Jesus ... wrought out this perfect a.
D&C 138:2 the great a. sacrifice that was made by the Son
Moses 5:7 a similitude of the sacrifice of the Only Begotten
Moses 6:54 Son of God hath a. for original guilt
A of F 3 through the A. of Christ, all mankind may be saved
See also Lev. 4:31; Matt. 26:28; John 19:30.
(Topical Guide | J Jesus Christ, Atonement through:Entry)