“The Condescension of God”

George Reynolds, Janne M. Sjodahl

The next question of the angel is: "Knowest thou the condescension of God?"

To "condescend" is to descend, voluntarily, from a superior rank, or position, to one that is inferior. The Apostle Paul uses the word in that sense, in his admonition, "Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate." (Rom. 12:16) But how did the vision of the Virgin suggest the question of the condescension of God? That Nephi did not understand. His answer, therefore, was somewhat hesitating: "I know that God loves his children; nevertheless, I do not know all things." (v. 17)

Commentary on the Book of Mormon, Vol. 1