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BY REV. WILEBUR FISK, A. M: 1792-1899

MONTPELIER:

PRINTED BY GEO. W. HILL, & co.

1826.

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Montpelier, Oct. 14, 1826, Rev. WILLBUR FISK.

Sir,--In pursuance of a resolution of the House of Representatives, we have the honor of tendering to you the thanks of the House for your Election Sermon delivered before the Legislature, on the 12th inst. and request a copy for the press.

LUTHER B. HUNT,
WILLIAM CAHOON, Committee;
DANIEL POMEROY,

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JOHN, XVIII. XXXVI. Jesus answered, My kingdom is not of this world.

IT has been to the discredit of the christian religion, and to the detriment of those nations who have embraced it, that the true relation existing between this religion and civil government, has not been generally understood. The Jews supposed, when the Messias came, he would exert his power and exercise his authority for their worldly advancement, and national aggrandizement. They supposed, in short, that he would come in the manner and with the authority of an earthly prince. But because Jesus of Nazareth came not thus, they would not acknowledge him. In vain did he endeavor to convince them by his spiritual teaching, his miraculous and divine power, and his benevolent works, that he was just such a teacher as they needed; and that, in his own way, he could bestow the greatest possible blessings upon their nation. They would not receive him. Their language was “ we will not have this man to rule over us." In vain did he endeavor to correct their views, and bring them to a true sense of his government and authority, not only by his manner of asserting and exercising his authority,

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