• The Gospel’s Compelling Uniqueness Article by Jared Wilson

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2017

    It is impossible to be ambivalent about Jesus. He said so Himself (Matt. 12:30). It should come as no surprise, then, to see that as Jesus traveled around preaching, teaching, and doing ministry, He had an immensely polarizing effect on those He encountered. Some responded in loving awe and others in seething hatred. And this would not have been true if Jesus had simply been what many modern thinkers assume He was—a good moral teacher. No, Jesus is not quite so safe as all that. Jesus Christ is a spiritual disruption of the space-time continuum. Just as in the days … View Resource

  • Cursing of the Fig Tree Article by Daniel Doriani

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2015

    On Palm Sunday, Jesus entered Jerusalem to shouts of acclamation and then tossed the money-changers from the temple. God had appointed it as “a house of prayer,” but its priests had made it “a den of robbers.” Jesus spent the night in Bethany. As He returned the next morning, He was hungry. Seeing a fig tree by the road, he went up to it but found nothing on it except leaves. Then he said to it, “May you never bear fruit again!” Immediately the tree withered. (Matt. 21:18–19) This is surprising. Until now, Jesus’ miracles brought restoration. We cannot say … View Resource

  • I and the Father Are One Article by Andreas Kostenberger

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2015

    When Jesus said, “I and the Father are one” (John 10:30), what did He mean? The gender of the Greek word for “one” in this passage is not masculine but neuter, designating the Father and Jesus not as one person but as one entity (“one thing”). The clear affirmation of Jesus’ deity in John’s gospel is striking, as it raises some important questions regarding His relationship to God the Father. If God the Father—Yahweh, the great “I Am,” the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—is God, and Jesus is God as well, how many gods are there? In first-century Jewish … View Resource

  • An Introduction to the Hard Sayings Article by John Tweeddale

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2015

    The so-called hard sayings of Jesus entered Christian vernacular in 1983 with the publication of F.F. Bruce’s book of the same name. But individuals have been grappling with the teachings of Jesus long before the don of twentieth century British evangelical biblical scholarship wrote his now-famous work. After Jesus’ bread of life discourse in John 6, several professed followers of Christ abandoned His band of disciples because they were offended by what they dubbed His “hard sayings” (vv. 60–65). Not everyone was as put off by the words of Christ. The Apostle Peter responded to the very same “offensive” words … View Resource

  • No Peace but a Sword Article by Joel Kim

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2015

    The disciples of Jesus, like their Jewish contemporaries, believed that when the Messiah came, he would come as the “Prince of Peace,” bringing political freedom and material prosperity (Isa. 9:6–7; Zech. 9:10). Moreover, Jesus taught them that peacemakers were indeed blessed (Matt. 5:9) and told them to offŠer greetings of peace as they entered a home (Matt. 10:12–13). Perhaps some were even aware that He was to bring “peace on earth” (Luke 2:14). Yet, Jesus also said, “I have not come to bring peace, but a sword” (Matt. 10:34). Jesus did not deny that peace would result from His … View Resource

  • Teachable Teachers Article by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2015

    One of the most frustrating aspects of teaching is encountering students who are not really teachable. Every pastor has had to deal with people who are settled in their opinions and not open to correction. Church elders must at times pursue church discipline all the way to excommunication because the person being disciplined is not teachable and refuses to repent. It is bad enough when students or parishioners are not teachable, but there is something even worse. I’m talking about teachers who are not teachable. These are teachers who don’t think that the words of this biblical proverb apply to … View Resource

  • Unclean Spirits and Waterless Places Article by Robert Carver

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2015

    Beelzebul! He casts out demons by Beelzebul!” Such was the vicious response of the Pharisees after Jesus healed a demon-possessed man. Jesus pointed out that their charge was absurd and illogical, and then accused them of having committed the unpardonable sin (Matt. 12:22–32). He said that the Ninevites (who repented at Jonah’s preaching) and the queen of the South (who came to hear the wisdom of Solomon) would rise up at the judgment against “this generation” (vv. 41–42). One greater than Jonah and Solomon was in their midst, and they rejected Him. Jesus then spoke of an unclean spirit’s going … View Resource

  • The Violent Take It by Force Article by David Briones

    FROM TABLETALK | October 2015

    Jesus said, “From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force” (Matt. 11:12). Two questions have left readers scratching their heads: first, what is meant by the kingdom’s suffering violence, and, second, who takes the kingdom by force? To gain some clarity on this issue, let’s start with the second question and work our way back to the first. Who are “the violent” who “take [the kingdom] by force”? The word translated “the violent” always carries a negative connotation. It therefore cannot describe … View Resource

  • Does Christology Really Matter? Article by Sinclair Ferguson

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2014 | Philippians 2

    We all unanimously teach that our Lord Jesus Christ is to us one and the same Son, the self-same perfect in Godhead, the self-same perfect in manhood; truly God and truly man … acknowledged in two natures, unconfusedly, unchangeably, indivisibly, inseparably … the properties of each nature being preserved.” So wrote the church fathers in the Definition of Chalcedon in AD 451. But even if they spoke “unanimously,” their doctrine of Christ sounds so complex. Does it really matter? Given the sacrifices they made to describe Christ rightly, one can imagine that if these Christians were … View Resource

  • A Summary of Orthodox Christology Article by Mark Jones

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2014 | Isaiah 53

    There is no more important question than the one Jesus asked His disciples: “Who do you say that I am?” (Matt. 16:15). No question has been more hotly debated, completely and partially misunderstood, ignored to one’s peril, and answered correctly to one’s great gain. The correct answer to that question is, in some respects, simple enough for a child to be saved, but also complex enough to keep theologians busy for all eternity. If eternal life is to know Jesus Christ (John 17:3), we cannot afford to be ignorant about the one who is “chief among ten thousand” (Song 5:10). … View Resource

  • Which Christ? Article by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2014 | Matthew 7

    Christianity is a creedal religion. You cannot separate Christianity from its ancient creeds. In fact, every true Christian adheres to the ancient creeds of the church, whether he knows it or not. We all have creeds. Whether formal or informal—whether written or unwritten—in one way or another, we all have creeds in which our beliefs are expressed. Many Christians have formal, written creeds to which they adhere. Other professing Christians have informal, unwritten, and unorthodox creeds that can easily change and often do change according to the whims of the individual or his pastor. Creeds are concise doctrinal summaries of … View Resource

  • Jesus Christ, Anointed One Article by R.C. Sproul

    FROM TABLETALK | March 2013

    Throughout the New Testament, we encounter many titles for Jesus of Nazareth—“Son of God,” “Son of Man,” “Lord,” and others. However, the title that is given to Jesus most often in the New Testament is one that is familiar to us, but one that we do not understand well. It is the title “Christ.” Why do I say that we do not understand this title well? I say it because “Christ” is used so often in conjunction with “Jesus” that we tend to think of it as His last name. However, “Christ” is not a secondary name for Jesus; He … View Resource

  • In Christ Article by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2013

    Repetitio mater studiorum est. “Repetition is the mother of all learning.” The Apostle Paul understood this. Under the inspiration and superintendence of the Holy Spirit, Paul constantly repeated the foundational truths of biblical doctrine, and he did so not only within each of his epistles but sometimes within the same sentence. The clearest example of this is found in Paul’s epistle to the Ephesians. As he unfolds the glorious mystery of our salvation, Paul reiterates the phrase “in Christ” or “in Him” continually throughout the first chapter, and nearly ten times in verse 3–14, which is one long sentence in … View Resource

  • The Name of Jesus Article by Kevin DeYoung

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2011

    Over the past two thousand years, more people on planet earth have known the name of Jesus than any other name. Since AD 33, over eight billion people, by one estimate, have claimed to be followers of this Jesus — or Jésus or Isus or whatever the Christ is called in your language. Billions more have heard of His name. Today, the name of Jesus can be found in more than six thousand languages, and more are being added every year. On the one hand, it’s strange that this single name has dominated the past two thousand years of world … View Resource

  • Brought Near by His Blood Article by Anthony Carter

    FROM TABLETALK | June 2011

    Men are prone to forget those things that women seem to hold most dear. Many husbands even have forgotten the date of an anniversary or birthday. Most of them have experienced the wrath of their wives’ glance when in polite company they failed to recall — with joy — an important day or date. Yet while I have been the recipient of that unfortunate stare, I would contend that forgetfulness is a malady that is no respecter of gender or person. It befalls us all. God knows this and thus graciously calls on us time and time again to remember. … View Resource