Pilgram Marpeck, "Concerning the Lowliness
of Christ," in Walter Klaassen and William Klassen, The Writings of Pilgram Marpeck (Scottdale, Pa.
a sense of our modesty and lowliness
, that we should be ever cognizant of the fact that we are of the same stuff as the ass and mule, the cabbage and pomegranate and even the lifeless stone.
In the Enchiridion (1503), a relatively early work, he argues that words inevitably fall short of their task of miming the Logos, that the smallness of the manna rained down on the Israelites in Exodus 16 "signifies the lowliness
of speech that conceals immense mysteries in almost crude language.
In Concerning the Lowliness
of Christ, a letter to the Swiss Brethren written in 1547, Marpeck spoke of how God has given God's followers beautiful gifts in earthly vessels that are easily broken.
45) God's identification with humanity is so total that in Christ he not only reaches out to the stranger but becomes the stranger: "He does not merely go into lowliness
, into the far country, to be Himself there, as He did in His turning to Israel.
God announces in 53:11-12 that the servant will be allotted "a portion with the great," despite the descriptions in 53:1-10 of the servant's lowliness
The term for lowliness
in Greek describes misery, pain, persecution, and oppression.
gt; proud nobility was thine And not ancestral honours drowned in time A mighty mind as innocent as pure <Humble no> That through the mists of lowliness
<w>could shine Humble not abject rich although obscure He had a virtuous mind the riches of the poor (MS VIII, 18)(43)
They went out joyously singing the Magnificat, which on this day also acquired a new meaning: "The Lord has looked upon the lowliness
of his handmaid.
This is how Spiritualists often talked; and this, he charged, kept them from humbling themselves before "the lowliness
and deep humility of Christ," the true way to salvation.
Our vow of evangelical obedience, then, is a rational act by which we, in the obedience of faith, vow to conform our will to the will of the Father by loving Jesus and his Church in lowliness
Reflecting on the Magnificat, Gustavo Gutierrez underscores at the outset the lowliness
of Mary's situation, described by the term tapeinosis that in other biblical usages connotes affliction and oppression.
As in Micah when the "insignificant" town of Bethlehem produced the righteous ruler, here we are told that God has "looked with favor on the lowliness
of his servant.
If we believe we are greater sinners than God's compassion can handle, then we think a little too highly of our lowliness
How is Christ the example of humiliation or lowliness
, of exaltation and glory, and what bearing does this have on how descent and ascent come together in a Christian life?