Daniel Whittle 1840-1901
Daniel Whittle’s parents named him after the famous politician Daniel Webster in the hopes that he would become a leader in the fight for freedom. His mother was a faithful Christian and taught her four sons to have strong Christian values. He was converted while working in a bank vault at Wells Fargo. He became a Sunday School Superintendent and actively worked at the Tabernacle in Chicago.
In 1861 he joined the Union Army where he lost his arm after being wounded in battle. He spent time in a prisoner of war camp and there are reports of his witnessing to the injured and dying soldiers in the camp.
Ten years after the war he became an evangelist working with Dwight Moody. The theology behind this hymn is taken from 2 Timothy 1:12 but includes expression of the Holy Spirit, the work of Grace and the hope we have that Jesus will return.
As you listen to the song you can be confident that as 1 John 5:13 says, “These things have I written unto you that believe on the name of the Son of God, that ye may know that ye have eternal life . . .”