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Divine Condescension.

Divine Condescension.

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REV. JOHN HARRIS, D.D.

Some of the most magnificent expressions of Scripture
are those which relate to the Divine condescension.
The doctrine that the infinite God, who inhal)its im-
mensity and eternity, enters minutely into all the affairs
of his creatures, presented to the mind of the psalmist
an image of condescension so overwhelming, that he
exclaimed, " Who is like unto the Lord our God who
dwelleth on high, who humbleth himself to behold
the things that are in heaven, and in the earth !"
REV. JOHN HARRIS, D.D.

Some of the most magnificent expressions of Scripture
are those which relate to the Divine condescension.
The doctrine that the infinite God, who inhal)its im-
mensity and eternity, enters minutely into all the affairs
of his creatures, presented to the mind of the psalmist
an image of condescension so overwhelming, that he
exclaimed, " Who is like unto the Lord our God who
dwelleth on high, who humbleth himself to behold
the things that are in heaven, and in the earth !"

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DIVINE CONDESCENSION. REV. JOHN HARRIS, D.D.Some of the most magnificent expressions of Scripture are those which relate to the Divine condescension. The doctrine that the infinite God, who inhal)its im-mensity and eternity, enters minutely into all the affairs of his creatures, presented to the mind of the psalmist an image of condescension so overwhelming, that he exclaimed, " Who is like unto the Lord our God who dwelleth on high, who humbleth himself to behold the things that are in heaven, and in the earth !" Ob-serve, he couples together the things that are in heaven and earth without distinction. Now, to our apprehen-sion, the things of heaven are inconceivably greater, more important, more worthy the Divine attention, than the things of earth. But in the eye of God the differ-ence is only a difference in minute degrees — a differ-ence in degrees of littleness — and therefore, in itself, a very little difference. Were you, from the top of some lofty eminence, some dizzy height, to look down upon two objects — the one a man and the other a child — though they would doubtless consider the difference between them-selves to be very great, to you it would appear to be
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very little, if any. This, indeed, would arise from the necessary imperfection of your organs of sight — but idea may serve for an illustration. For while to our apprehension the things of heaven are unspeakably greater than the things of earth, we are to bear in mind that the Almighty is infinitely higher then the highest created intelligence in heaven ; that while the difference between the highest and the lowest of his creatures can be measured, the difference between him and the highest creature which he has formed . 15 226 DIVINE condescension: cannot be measured ; so that he has to look down — ^^(if we may say so) he has to look down from an infinite height upon the highest as well as upon the lowest, upon the things that are in heaven as well as upon the things that are in the earth. The wonder is that he condescends to regard the things that are in heaven ; but having stooped thus far, we are prepared to hear that he stoops a little farther, and regards the things that are on earth. For though there is a difference between them, and though his eye measures that differ-
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ence in all its proportions, yet is it really so insignificant to Him whom heaven and the heaven of heavens can-not contain, that it is an act of infinite condescension in him to notice either. Looking at the history of this condescension towards man, there appear to have been four remarkable stages in it, at each of which we behold him carrying it a degree farther than before, until he has reached the very lowest point to which it could be carried. We say nothing of the benignity which he displayed to-wards our first parents, while yet they retained their original purity, — benignity which showed itself in symbolically walking with them in paradise, in visible manifestations, in frequent and familiar converse. That belonged to a state which soon passed away, and of which we know little more than this — that it once existed. But we have to contemplate the Divine con-duct in a subsequent and far different state — a state which was commenced by an act of disobedience and rebellion against God — a state in which man has out-raged every attribute of the Divine character, in which he has lost all love and likeness to God, and has joined in league with his enemies ; in which the prevailing habit of his mind is that of enmity against God ; and a state, therefore, in which his holy and insulted Maker
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