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PREACHED AT BUFFALO, NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 8, 1847,

BEFORE THE

AMERICAN BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

FOR

FOREIGN MISSIONS,

AT THEIR

THIRTY-EIGHTH ANNUAL MEETING.

BY REV. DAVID MAGIE, D.D.,

ILIZABETETOWN, N. J.

BOSTON:

PRESS OF T. R. MARVIN, 24 CONGRESS STREET.

S.C.R. BY 2075 A643

SERMON.

ISAIAH, xxxii. 15.

UNTIL THE SPIRIT BE POURED UPON US FROM ON HIGH.

As regards the final and universal triumphs of the gospel, no believer in the Bible can entertain a doubt. Glorious things are spoken of Zion, the city of our God, and we are assured, explicitly, that the kingdoms of this world shall one day become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ. That light which now shines on our path, is yet to lighten all the Gentiles, and be the glory of the people of Israel.

Thus it is written, and thus it will be. But what is to secure the ultimate coming of this happy period ? Our hope all hangs on one single thing—the promise of the Spirit—and occupying the position we do in the annals of time, we can look neither backward nor forward, without being convinced how dependent we are on such aid. What has been done, teaches us this; and what is still to be done teaches it with even greater emphasis. Every past conquest has been the effect of union and communion with the divine Comforter; and our ability to

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