Excerpt from The Great Promise: A Sermon, Preached at Providence, R. I., September 8, 1857, Before the American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions, at Their Forty-Eighth Annual Meeting
The natural process of our minds, on reading this text, is first to consider Jesus - to look with adoring wonder to Him from whose lips such remarkable and gracious words proceeded; then our thoughts are turned to the little company of faithful and favored men to whom Jesus spoke, hearing not for themselves alone, but for us also, and for all that should come after them, having like faith to theirs; and finally, we ponder the words, and try to understand their meaning, and to get the weight of them on our hearts.
Who speaks? To whom does he speak? What does he say? And what should be the inﬂuence on us of his words?
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