Excerpt from A Missionary Sermon: Preached in the First Presbyterian Church in Philadelphia, on the Twenty-Third of May, 1814 The promulgation of this command marks a new and important era in the history of the church and of the world. These words may be considered as the public and formal abrogation of the Mosaic ecomy; and the authoritative annunciation of the new order of things under the gospel. The first communications of divine truth, through Adam and Noah, were made indiscriminately to the human family; but, in both instances, the precious deposit was generally adulterated, and nearly lost. The wisdom of God, therefore, saw it to be necessary to select and separate from the idolatrous world, a particular family which might serve as a repository of the divine oracles and institutions; until that 'seed of the woman' should come, of whom it was predicted, that he should 'bruise the serpent's head: ' and that 'seed of Abraham, ' in whom all the families of the earth should be blessed. During this period, the church of God was, for the most part, circumscribed within the limits of the elect nation. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art techlogy to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.