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.

Every organic development serves to embody an idea; and as soon as this idea has found full and adequate expression, the organism receives the stamp of perfection and develops no further. Because the New Testament times rought the final realization of the divine counsel of redemption as to its objective and central facts, therefore New Testament revelation brought the full-grown Word of God, in which the New-born world, which is complete in Christ, mirrors itself. In this final stage of revelation the deepest depths of eternity are opened up to the eye of Apostle and Seer. Hence, the frequent recurrence of the expression, “before the foundation of the world.” We feel at every point that the last veil is drawn aside and that we stand face to face with the disclosure of the great mystery which was hidden in the divine purpose through the ages. All salvation, all truth in regard to man, has its eternal foundation in the triune God Himself. It is this triune God who here reveals Himself as the everlasting reality, from whom all truth proceeds, whom all truth reflects, be it the little streamlet of Paradise or the broad river of the New Testament losing itself again in the ocean of eternity. After this nothing higher can come.

Geerhardus Vos, Redemptive History and Biblical Interpretation, pg. 13