Posts by Grant King

Posts by Grant King

Matthew 3 | Prepare the Way

“A Voice of one calling in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way for the Lord, make straight paths for him” (Matt. 3:3). The Old Testament begins with the beautiful account of the creation and then very quickly turns sad as we read that sin entered the world by the 3rd chapter of Genesis. Along with the curse, God also gives us a promise that one day he would break the curse: “…he will crush your head and you will strike his heel”…

Matthew 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…

Matthew 13 | What Food Do You Seek?

“Jesus spoke all these things to the crowd in parables; he did not say anything to them without using a parable. So was fulfilled what was spoken through the prophet, “ ‘I will open my mouth in parables, I will utter things hidden since the creation of the world.’”    Matt. 13:34-35 I will be honest; I was having a difficult time trying to figure out what to write about this chapter. It contains six parables that Jesus told the…

James 4 | A Portrait of the Redeemed Life

The epistle of James has often been referred to as the “Proverbs of the New Testament”. It’s a fair description because this epistle contains a wealth of wisdom and thought about godly living. It is easy to misinterpret the book of James because, on the surface, he seems to be advocating justification by works. If this book is approached from the perspective of law keeping, then it is simply a list of “do’s and don’ts”. If, however, it is approached from…

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…

Hebrews 2 | How God Did It!

Around 2,000 years before Jesus Christ came, a man named Bildad asked a question:“How then can a man be righteous before God? How can one born of woman be pure?” (Job 25:4). This question would haunt the human race for the next 2 millennia. During that time, the nation of Israel would be born. The law would be given at Mt. Sinai. Then would begin the cycle of chronic disobedience, receiving the covenant curses, crying out, and restoration until finally…

Philippians 1 | I’m In Prison And It’s Awesome

“Now I want you to know, brothers, that what has happened to me has really served to advance the gospel. As a result, it has become clear throughout the whole palace guard and to everyone else that I am in chains for Christ. Because of my chains, most of the brothers in the Lord have been encouraged to speak the word of God more courageously and fearlessly.” Philippians 1: 12-14 As I was preparing to write this blog, I was…

Luke 20 | Between A Rock And A Hard Place

“But he looked directly at them and said, ‘What then is this that is written: “‘The stone that the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’? Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces, and when it falls on anyone, it will crush him.” Luke 20: 17-18 I remember several years ago listening to a sermon where the preacher was speaking against the heresy of trying to present Jesus in a more “user-friendly” way to people. He said…

Luke 6 | How Does Your Fruit Taste?

“No good tree bears bad fruit, nor does a bad tree bear good fruit. Each tree is recognized by its own fruit. People do not pick figs from thorn bushes, or grapes from briars. The good man brings good things out of the good stored up in his heart, and the evil man brings evil things out of the evil stored up in his heart. For out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.” Luke 6: 43-45 One expression I’ve heard a…

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…