Who is this, so weak and helpless,
Child of lowly Hebrew maid,
Rudely in a stable sheltered,
Coldly in a manger laid?
‘Tis the Lord of all creation,
Who this wondrous path has trod;
He is Lord from everlasting,
And to everlasting God.

Who is this, a Man of Sorrows,
Walking sadly life’s hard way,
Homeless, weary, sighing, weeping
Over sin and Satan’s sway?
‘Tis our God, our glorious Savior,
Who above the starry sky
Is for us a place preparing,
Where no tear can dim the eye.

Who is this? Behold him shedding
Drops of blood upon the ground!
Who is this, despised, rejected,
Mocked, insulted, beaten, bound?
‘Tis our God, Who gifts and graces
On His church is pouring down;
Who shall smite in holy vengeance
All His foes beneath His throne.

Who is this that hangs there dying
While the rude world scoffs and scorns,
Numbered with the malefactors,
Torn with nails, and crowned with thorns?
‘Tis our God Who lives forever
Mid the shining ones on high,
In the glorious golden city,
Reigning everlastingly.

  1. Need assumes deficiency.
  2. Deficiency assumes sufficiency.
  3. Sufficiency assumes independency.
  4. Independency can only belong to one who needs nothing.
  5. Anything “not God” needs.
  6. The Triune God needs nothing.
  7. The deeper question is not whether God exists, but why man “needs”?
  8. A man cannot “need” apart from proving at the very same time the subsistence of God.
  9. Need presupposes non-need.
  10. A simple plate of food betrays the atheist with every bite.
  11. If need exists for one single thing, it exists for all things.
  12. Either all things are created and thus in need of their Creator, or they are uncreated and in need of nothing.
  13. The impossibility of the contrary is “need” in a world without God.
  14. Ontology and epistemology are inseparable.

For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith for faith, as it is written, “The righteous shall live by faith.” For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. (Rom. 1:16-18)

A Bible study lesson taught at Trinity Reformed Baptist Church in Jackson, GA.