• A Sinless Life Article by Nicholas Batzig

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2011

    And being found in human form, He humbled Hi mself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death of the cross” (Phil. 2:8). I have long wished that, in heaven, I might get to see the entire history of Christ’s earthly life, from Hi s birth to Hi s ascension—viewing each and every act of obedience. The reason is simple. Jesus lived a representative life. Jesus lived a sinless life, and it was, therefore, a life of representative sinlessness. Our Lord’s obedience stands in the place of His people’s sin. His law-keeping is counted as the law-keeping of … View Resource

  • The Resurrection of Jesus Article by Jerry Bridges

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2008

    This article on the resurrection of Jesus appears at the time of year when we are focusing on His birth, not His death and resurrection. To stop and think about the resurrection may seem like an unnecessary aside to the beautiful story of our Savior’s birth.  To think only about the birth of Jesus, however, fails to do justice to the incarnation. It fails to consider the purpose of Jesus’ coming to earth. At the occasion of His birth, the angel said to the shepherds, “For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who … View Resource

  • Paradise Regained Article by Chris Donato

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2008

    A crowd gathered around Jesus of Nazareth and wondered: Could this person be the son of David, the one who, like David, wreaks havoc upon our enemies? A few of the local leaders standing by did not take kindly to the clear implications of what they witnessed and accused the man of beating up His own people by the power of the prince of demons. He responded with no ounce of timidity: “Every kingdom divided against itself is laid waste. …How then will his [Satan’s] kingdom stand? …But if it is by the Spirit of God that I cast out demons, then … View Resource

  • Paradise Now and Then Article by Burk Parsons

    FROM TABLETALK | December 2008

    The movie Paradise Now is the 2005 Golden Globe winner for best foreign-language film. Although I have not yet seen the film, I have been intrigued by the film’s title since it’s release. The story follows two Palestinian childhood friends who were recruits for Islamic suicide attacks in Tel Aviv, Israel. The story focuses on what would be their last days together. The film’s title appropriately points out one of the more conspicuous mantras of Muslims whose appetite for paradise is manifested by means of destruction. They want paradise now, and some will do everything in their power to … View Resource

  • Lessons from the Fall Article by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2008

    The Gospels depict the arrest and trial of Jesus in a way that shows us not only the insensibility of His accusers, but also His own steadfast faithfulness to the will of God through suffering and humiliation. Our Lord’s example shows us how to continue entrusting ourselves to Him who judges justly (1 Peter 2:23; 4:19). Jesus, however, was not the only one who was on trial on this momentous occasion. The gospel writers highlight the events surrounding His abuse and trumped up charges, but they also record another trial that took place that night. This second trial was not center … View Resource

  • Betrayed Article by Joel Beeke

    FROM TABLETALK | November 2008 | Matthew 26

    Matthew 26 offers a series of short but brilliantly lit scenes surrounding the betrayal of Jesus. The chapter opens with Christ announcing the end of His public preaching ministry. After this, He says to His disciples: “After two days is the feast of the passover, and the Son of man is betrayed to be crucified” (v. 2, KJV). To us, looking back on history, Christ’s intent to die on the cross could not be clearer. But the disciples do not grasp His meaning; they are still clinging to their own hopes for Christ and His kingdom. Some Christians today are similarly … View Resource

  • Thy King Cometh unto Thee Article by Joel Beeke

    FROM TABLETALK | September 2008 | Matthew 21

    On the outskirts of the city, Jesus sends two disciples to a nearby village to fetch a female donkey and her colt. The owner of these animals, although unknown to the disciples, is on close terms with Christ, believing in His mission. Merely hearing “the Lord hath need of them” (Matt. 21:3 kjv) is enough for the man to permit his animals to be led away. With the requisite animals in hand, the disciples and a crowd of people set about the task of investing the occasion with all possible pomp and circumstance. The disciples strip off their cloaks to provide … View Resource

  • Lessons from Nature Article by Tom Ascol

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2008

    The Bible frequently uses animals as illustrations to help us understand key points about life. In Proverbs, ants are held up as examples of being industrious (6:6), and a lion is used to describe a king’s wrath (19:12; 20:2). David warns us not to be like a horse or a mule in the way we relate to God, and Isaiah assures us that those who wait on the Lord will soar with “wings like eagles” (40:31). Jesus occasionally uses animals to make a point in His teaching. If our heavenly Father takes care of the birds of the air (Matt. 6:26) … View Resource

  • Jesus’ Healing Ministry Article by Jerry Bridges

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2008

    The ninth chapter of Matthew is largely an account of the miracle-working ministry of Jesus. Five miracles are recorded, four of them physical healings, and the fifth, a restoring to life of a dead girl. But these are only representative of the many miracles Jesus performed. In fact, toward the end of the chapter Matthew seems to sum it all up by writing: “And Jesus went throughout all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and affliction” (v. 35).  Several years later when Peter was preaching to the … View Resource

  • Portraits of Jesus Article by Joel Beeke

    FROM TABLETALK | April 2008

    Matthew 8 presents several portraits of Christ in ministry. A comparison of Matthew’s accounts with those in other gospels makes it clear that Matthew’s portraits are not arranged in chronological order. Rather, they are given to us to teach us how Jesus is Savior, Master, and Lord of All. Let us walk through this portrait gallery, one room at a time. First Room (vv. 1–17): The Savior who bears our griefs and sorrows In the first portrait, Christ has given His great Sermon on the Mount with such authority that great multitudes of people are compelled to follow Him. From amid … View Resource

  • Christ Victorious Article by Joel Beeke

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2008

    A perpetual state of war exists between Christ, the champion of God, and the Devil, the prince of this world (Gen. 3:15). Matthew 4:1–11 tells of one of Christ’s great victories over the Devil and the power of sin. At the end of a long period of fasting, the Devil confronts Jesus with three temptations.  In the first of these temptations, the Devil uses the same tactic he used on Eve in the garden of Eden. “If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread” (4:3 kjv and hereafter). Satan is referring to the words spoken … View Resource

  • The Temptation of Jesus Article by Keith Mathison

    FROM TABLETALK | February 2008

    It’s an odd story. John the Baptist has just baptized Jesus. God has just spoken from heaven, saying, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.” We would expect that the next item on the agenda would be the beginning of Jesus’ ministry. Instead, we read that the Spirit of God leads Jesus into the wilderness to be tempted by the Devil. That’s strange. Why is Jesus subjected to testing in the wilderness by the Devil immediately following His baptism and immediately prior to the beginning of His ministry and the calling of His disciples? Is it merely … View Resource

  • Jesus’ Childhood Article by Jerry Bridges

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2008 | Matthew 2

    Matthew 2, along with a few verses in Luke 2, provides all the historical data we have concerning the early childhood of Jesus. And since the writers of the Gospels were masters of brevity and understatement, Matthew 2 fairly bristles with questions we long to have answered. Among them we’d like to know more about the wise men, the star they saw, and how they connected it to the one who was born king of the Jews. Obviously, if the Holy Spirit had wanted us to have more information, He would have guided Matthew to include it. So rather than being … View Resource

  • Good News for All Nations Article by Robert Rothwell

    FROM TABLETALK | January 2008

    Writing for Tabletalk is a great honor. It is hard to put into words the privilege of having one’s writing published alongside contributions from today’s finest theologians and pastors. Those who worked on the magazine before us have set a high standard indeed and by God’s grace we hope that we can be faithful to their example. This standard also makes writing for Tabletalk a great responsibility. We are called to be true to the legacy Dr. R.C. Sproul has set, a legacy of faithfulness to the biblical doctrines recovered during the Reformation. Our job is not to present teachings for … View Resource