by the necessities of his condition than the Divine.
Civil government deals chiefly with the relations of man to his fellow-man.
It coincides with the Divine government.
They each aim at the control of the lower nature of man, and the development of his higher nature.
The means they employ are the same in principle.
They address the same passions.
The rewards and punishments of the one are in this life, and of the other chiefly in the life to come.
Withal, the civil has the sanction of the Divine, and the Divine should always have the sanction of the civil, government.
But still they are entirely distinct, and should not be confounded, either in theory or in practice The one is secular, and the other is Divine.
Now, we say that civil government — for of that we are called more particularly to speak--is a necessity of man's condition
. It dates back as early as the creation of man. God himself established it in the law he gave to govern the first relation that existed on earth — the relation between Adam
and his “helpmeet.”
After the fall, a necessity arose which gave it a new and more important bearing.
We soon see it ramifying itself through all society, and dealing with all the relations of life.
Its necessity and authority, as a great means of