Posts by Grant King

Posts by Grant King

1 Corinthians 6 | So You Want to Get a Tattoo

“Everything is permissible for me–but not everything is beneficial. Everything is permissible for me–but I will not be mastered by anything.” 1 Cor. 6:12 Several years ago I was attending a church where the pastor was a very solid, grace-filled Reformed theologian. One day (I don’t remember what the occasion was) someone asked him a question about the difference between the Old and New Covenants. The man said that back in the Old Covenant people weren’t allowed to get tattoos…

Romans 4 | The New Covenant; It’s Older Than You Think!

“The words, ‘It was credited to him’ were not written for him alone, but also for us, to whom God will credit righteousness–for us who believe in him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead.” Romans 4: 23-24 NIV Romans is unique among the New Testament epistles in that Paul is mainly concerned with presenting New Covenant theology. After making the case in Romans 1-3, that the righteousness of the saints is by faith in Christ alone, Paul, shows…

1 Peter 3 | Be on Your Best Behavior

“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do it with gentleness and respect, keeping a clear conscience, so that those who speak maliciously against your good behavior in Christ may be ashamed of their slander.” 1 Peter 3:15-16 I’m sure you’ve heard it: “I don’t go to church because churches are full of hypocrites”It seems unfair that…

Mark 11 | Unbelief Is A No-Win!

Many years ago, I had a conversation with a man who was an adamant atheist. Somehow it had come up that I was a Christian. He ranted about how people who believe in that “Jesus nonsense” are complete fools, and you have to have completely lost your mind to trust in such a silly fairy tale. In the course of the conversation, I told him about what my life had been like before I became a follower of Christ and…

Revelation 20 | The End of Sin

“When the thousand years are over, Satan will be released from his prison and will go out to deceive the nations in the four corners of the earth — Gog and Magog — to gather them for battle. In number, they are like the sand on the seashore. They marched across the breadth of the earth and surrounded the camp of God’s people, the city he loves. But fire came down from heaven and devoured them. And the devil, who…

1 John 2 | My Dear Children

“My dear children, I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense–Jesus Christ, the righteous one.” (1 John 2:1) I believe this verse from our daily readings really sums up the main purpose of every epistle. They all encourage us towards holiness and at the same time, remind us that our salvation is through faith in Christ alone. In this verse, John says…

John 18 | In the Beginning was Truth

“‘What is truth?’ Pilate asked.” (John 18:38) An interesting question, especially when you take a peek into the world Pilate lived in. In the Roman Empire you had the Greco-Roman mythology. You had the Greek philosophy of the likes of Socrates, Aristotle and Plato. You had the paganism of the Near Eastern nations and Egypt. Then you had the Judaism of the day and now Pilate stood face to face with this Nazarene who claimed to be a king, but…

John 10 | The Good Shepherd

I don’t believe there is any description of Jesus Christ that is more beautiful than that of the Good Shepherd. Of course, the idea of our Savior being a shepherd is not new. The twenty-third Psalm is probably the best-known passage in all of Scripture. In it, David describes our Lord and Savior caring for and providing for him as a shepherd. Isaiah 40:11 is one of the most beautiful Old Testament passages describing our Savior as a shepherd caring…

Matt. 12 | Looks Like An Orange; Tastes Like A Lemon

“Make a tree good, and its fruit will be good or make a tree bad, and its fruit will be bad, for a tree is recognized by its fruit.”   Matthew 12:33 In February of 1988, my younger brother and I set out from East Texas for South Florida. Some friends we had grown up with invited us to come to Florida because there was a fair bit of construction work available. We intended to come to Florida to work…

Hebrews 13 | Come And Eat

“We have an altar from which those who minister at the earthly tabernacle have no right to eat.” Hebrews 13:10 Several years ago, I heard a sermon where the Pastor spoke about the difference between the Old and New Covenants. He explained it like this:  The Old Covenant was an agreement between God and a nation. The conditions of the covenant depended on whether the Israelites continued to obey the law or disobeyed. Deuteronomy 28 promises blessings for obedience and…
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