evidence of His existence, power, wisdom, and goodness, a testi-mony comes up from the depths of the human soul to his charac-ter as a moral Governor^ the lover of righteousness, and theavenger of sin. "When the (heathen), which have not the law,do by nature the things contained in the law, these having notthe law are a law unto themselves, who show the work of thelaw wi'itten in their hearts, their conscience also bearing witness,and their thoughts the meanwhile accusing, or else excusing oneanother. ' 'The testimony which is obtained in these different forms fromnature, is fundamentally important : without it there could beno religion ; yet it alone is not sufficient to lead men to the sav-ing knowledge of God. The testimony is true, but it is not ade-quate.either creation, nor providence, nor conscience, nor all of them together, make known the whole character of God. Theview presented is correct as far as it goes, but it is partial andincomplete ; and being taken from the stand-point of sinners, itis obscured and distorted by the blindness of their hearts. If,therefore, it is the will and pleasure of God that men shouldcome to the true and saving knowledge of himself, — as from theveiy perfection of his character we are warranted to believe, — afurther testimony is necessary. He gives it in the revelationsof his word, wherein all things which pertain to life and godli-ness are sufficiently made known ; and above all, in the missionand ministry of his Son, whose coming and kingdom, Messiah-ship and Godhead, were "witnessed beforehand by the law andXIIL] god's witnesses. 205tlie prophets," and at the tune of his appearing were attestedby signs in heaven and wonders on earth. To prepare his wayand point him out, was the pecuhar office of John the Baptist,of whom it is said that he ' ' came for a witness, to bear witnessof the Ught, that all men through him might believe. ' '