• Michael Haldas


“The great condescension of the Son of God in becoming a man serves eternally as a perfect model of humility and self-giving love (Phil. 2:8).” (Foundation Study Bible, Isaiah 9:7)

“We don’t like it when we think someone is being condescending to us…The very word itself is negative to us. The dictionary definitions of condescension read, “to show that you believe you are more intelligent or better than other people,” or, “to do something that you usually do not do because you believe you are too important to do it…” Unfortunately, we are often very condescending to each other. Fortunately, God is also condescending to us. This is because the word also means “to waive privileges in rank,” or, “to descend to a less formal or dignified level,” or “to come down voluntarily to equal terms with inferiors.” (Sacramental Living blog)

“As Christians, we are (or should be) thankful for condescension. Even though we most often consider it a negative, it is actually the greatest positive we can acknowledge. It is because God was deferential enough to us that He descended to a less formal or dignified level and came down to us inferiors voluntarily in the person of Christ. That is how we understand the actions of the Second Person of the Holy Trinity. He condescended to us and became one of us to save us. “The “appearance” in time of the only-begotten Son is the supreme gift of divine condescension on behalf of all mankind.” (Sacramental Living blog, Dynamis 1/6/2015)

“God’s transcendent power is not so much displayed in the vastness of the heavens, or the luster of the stars, or the orderly arrangement of the universe or His perpetual oversight of it, as it is in His condescension to our weak nature. We marvel at the way the sublime entered a state of lowliness and, while actually seen in it, did not leave the heights. We marvel at the way the Godhead was entwined in human nature and, while becoming man, did not cease to be God.” (St. Gregory of Nyssa)

“The soul would never be able to reach out toward the knowledge of God if God did not allow Himself to be touched by it through condescension and by raising it up to Him.” (St. Maximos the Confessor)

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