• Getting the Gospel Right Article by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2009 | Galatians 1

    Sometimes, what is not said speaks more loudly than actual words. The silence, as we say, is deafening. In the opening verses of his letter to the churches of Galatia, the apostle Paul employs this communication technique to underscore the seriousness of the subject at hand. As he does in all of his letters, Paul begins by identifying himself as the author, naming the intended recipients, and pronouncing a blessing on them (1:1–5). It is what comes next that is so uncharacteristic for him. Immediately after his introductory comments, and before launching into the body of the letter, Paul writes…nothing. … View Resource

  • For the Love of Slavery Article by John Sartelle

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2009 | Galatians 2

    Yet because of false brothers secretly brought in — who slipped in to spy out our freedom that we have in Christ Jesus, so that they might bring us into slavery” (Gal 2:4). She was eighty-six and her body was failing but her mind was clear. The doctor had said she would not last the month. I was on my way out of town for two days and stopped by her home. After I read some verses from the Scriptures she asked a question that still rings in my ears after thirty-seven years: “John, do you think I have done enough … View Resource

  • A Message Worth Fighting For Article by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2009 | Galatians 2

    Paul’s letter to the Galatians is relentless in its insistence that there is only one, true gospel. Any subtraction from or addition to the saving message of God’s work in Jesus Christ renders the gospel impotent. That is why Paul so passionately pleads with the Galatians to hold unswervingly to the truth that he taught them, namely, that salvation comes by grace alone through faith alone in Jesus Christ alone. Deviate from this, he warns, and you will miss God.  To illustrate the seriousness of what is at stake Paul writes about a very public and potentially scandalous confrontation that he … View Resource

  • Abraham’s Covenant Family Article by John Sartelle

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2009 | Galatians 3

    There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise” (Gal. 3:28–29). January 3, 1998, Tom Osborne, head coach of the University of Nebraska football team, announced his retirement. As a University of Tennessee fan, I was glad to see this noble adversary take his leave. The night before, his Cornhuskers had defeated the Tennessee Volunteers 42–17 in the Orange Bowl. In speaking about his age and stepping down, he … View Resource

  • The Place of the Law Article by Guy Waters

    FROM TABLETALK | May 2014 | Galatians 3

    New and improved!” Advertisers emblazon this slogan upon countless products on the shelves of your local grocery store. If you are convinced the product is better, they reason, you will probably want to buy it. After all, who wants the “old and inferior”? On the night in which He was betrayed, our Lord instituted the Lord’s Supper. Holding the cup before His disciples, Jesus said, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood” (Luke 22:20). By His death and resurrection, Jesus inaugurated the new covenant. This new covenant, both Paul and the writer … View Resource

  • The True Sons Article by Terry Johnson

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2009 | Galatians 3

    Who are the true sons of George Washington? Every player in our political arena today attempts to legitimize his or her political agenda by an appeal to the Founding Fathers. American politicians must be able to show that they embody the principles first established by our Founders. Who best represents their concepts of justice? Of freedom? Of the “common good?” Of the separation of church and state? Conservatives, liberals, the American Communist Party, and even the American Nazi Party of the 1930s present or presented themselves as the true heirs of the Founding Fathers. You may have seen pictures of the … View Resource

  • Children of Promise Article by Terry Johnson

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2009 | Galatians 4

    Which is more important, the unity of the church or its purity? To which are we to give preference: love or truth, fellowship or doctrine? The apostle Paul places great emphasis on unity: “Now you, brothers, like Isaac, are children of promise” (Gal. 4:28). Galatian Gentiles and all believers are “brothers,” are “like Isaac,” and, as such, are “children of promise.” We are all spiritual children of Abraham and Sarah. We have become “children of promise,” descendants of Abraham “like Isaac,” not through birth, but rebirth; not by law, but by promise; not by works, but by faith. “If you are … View Resource

  • Christmas According to the Apostle Paul - Gal 4:4-5 (Part 1 of 3) Article by R. Fowler White

    Galatians 4

    One of the most beloved carols that Christians sing during the Christmas season is that of William C. Dix, What Child is This? As few other carols do, the lyrics of this selection prompt us to contemplate the identity, the person and work, of the Babe in the manger. In fact, the carol politely but persistently presses us to answer the question: is this Child truly a holy infant or a mere holiday infant? View Resource

  • Christmas According to the Apostle Paul - Gal 4:4-5 (Part 2 of 3) Article by R. Fowler White

    Galatians 4

    In our first installment in this series on Christmas according to Paul, we learned that, for the Apostle, Jesus is the Child for whom all of time had waited and who was born of a woman. In the second part of our series, we learn two more truths about Christmas from Paul as he writes in Gal 4:4-5. View Resource

  • Christmas According to the Apostle Paul - Gal 4:4-5 (Part 3 of 3) Article by R. Fowler White

    Galatians 4

    In the two previous installment in our series on Gal 4:4-5, we have learned four features of the Apostle’s answer to the question, what Child is this who was born at Christmas? We have focused on the Child as the heart of history, on two circumstances of His birth, and on the purpose of His coming. In this final installment we learn two more features of Christmas according to Paul. View Resource

  • Sons, Not Slaves Article by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2009 | Galatians 4

    Have you ever stopped to consider that Christians who live after the coming of Christ are in a more privileged position than Jews who lived before the coming of Christ and even those believers who lived during His first advent? Jesus taught this very thing. He said, “Among those born of women there has arisen no one greater than John the Baptist. Yet the one who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he” (Matt. 11:11). He also said that it was to His disciples’ “advantage” that He leave them because, if He did not go, then the … View Resource

  • Bearing One Another’s Burdens Article by John MacArthur

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2010 | Galatians 5

    The troubles of this world are manifold and relentless. It’s not easy to stay so focused on heaven that we remain unperturbed by the afflictions of earthly life. We’re commanded, of course, to set our minds on things above, not on earthly things (Col. 3:2), but even the most committed believer will testify that earthly trials sometimes obscure the heavenly perspective. View Resource

  • Pursuing Holiness: An Interview with Jerry Bridges Article by Jerry Bridges

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2014 | Galatians 5

    Tabletalk: How did you become a Christian, and how did the Lord call you to ministry with The Navigators? Jerry Bridges: I grew up in a church that had an altar call at every Sunday service. I went forward at ages 9, 11, and 13, but was never born again. Finally, at age 18, alone in my bed one night, I prayed, “God whatever it takes, I want Christ to be my Savior.” Instantly I had assurance of my salvation. While serving in the Navy during the Korean War, I met The Navigators through another Navy officer and began … View Resource

  • Serve One Another Article by Eric Watkins

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2016 | Galatians 5

    What makes the church beautiful? The Bible tells the original love story of a damsel in distress who was trapped in the clutches of a serpentine foe. Emboldened by genuine love for her, her righteous Hero laid down His life in unhesitant sacrifice for His bride, fighting that dragon of old in a duel to the death, while His beloved stood helplessly by, watching and weeping. Death—our mortal foe—would seem to have won. But death did not win. It could not win. Death was conquered by the resurrection of Jesus, the hero of our story and the original hero copied … View Resource

  • Boasting in His Shame Article by John Sartelle

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2009 | Galatians 6

    But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Gal. 6:14). This was an absurd statement in Paul’s world. The cross was an instrument of execution used by the government. The cross was a place of shame, disgrace, humiliation, indignity, degradation, and ignominy.  The criminal was beaten, undressed, arms spread and nailed to a cross beam, feet nailed to a vertical beam, and hoisted above the ground for the world to see. Spread eagled, naked, helpless…the scene was designed to humiliate.  Who would make that his ultimate boast? From the moment in … View Resource