“Behold the Condescension of God”

Brant Gardner

Verse 26 is similar to verse 16's "Knowest thou the condescension of God?". After that verse, the guide shows the birth of Christ. In this case, Nephi is not asked if he knows the condescension of God, he is commanded to behold the condescension of God. As in verse 18 where the answer is Christ, so too in verse 27, the condescension of God is the person of Christ. It appears that in this text, the term is not to be understood only in the linguistic connotation, but as a label for Christ himself. There is a direct ascription of "condescension of God" and Jesus Christ, where the former appears to function just like other titles of Christ do (such as Prince of Peace, Only Begotten, etc.). Each title dually marks both Christ as the one bearing the title, and a description of a quality or attribute which Christ embodies (thus allowing him to bear the title).

Multidimensional Commentary on the Book of Mormon