John Nunnikhoven is a member of The Fellowship of Ailbe and has begun working toward what, Lord willing, will become a re-awakening of the Church as a body directed into living the Kingdom in the here and now as it awaits the yet to come.
Books by John Nunnikhoven
Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation."
Sometimes I want to laugh out loud when it comes to the naysayers regarding the timeliness of the second coming of our Lord. First, it is not ours to judge when Jesus will return for His own. He said that even He does not know, only the Father does. Secondly, we are commanded to be ever vigilant and ready. Therefore, I/we are all to live as if the trumpets will sound tomorrow, to be ever ready.
Morning Psalm 67, Noon Psalm 119:153-160, Evening Psalm 1
Grace and peace be multiplied to you in the knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord, as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
But also for this very reason, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue, to virtue knowledge, to knowledge self-control, to self-control perseverance, to perseverance godliness, to godliness brotherly kindness, and to brotherly kindness love.
“ [A]s His divine power has given to us all thingsthat pertain to life and godliness.” What was that TV show where the MC would end each quiz with, “And the envelope, please.” For Christians, that envelope contains all things that pertain to life and godliness. To make sure, that we don't overlook something; he lists them all in the next paragraph: diligence, faith, virtue, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, brotherly kindness, and love.
Morning Psalm 66, Noon Psalm 119:145-152, Evening Psalm 150
Pray for us, for we are sure that we have a clear conscience, desiring to act honorably in all things. I urge you the more earnestly to do this in order that I may be restored to you the sooner.
Here the writer of the book of Hebrews, urging his audience to pray for him and those with him!
The unknown author had to be one of the great writers of the New Testament, my guess is Paul, yours ?, but he knows that he needs the prayer support of those he is called to minister to. He knows that he needs this prayer support to have a clear conscience, to act honorably in all things and to be restored to his flock.
Are we praying likewise for those whom the Spirit has called to shepherd us?
Morning Psalm 65, Noon Psalm 119:137-144, Evening Psalm 149
Let my cry come before You, O LORD; Give me understanding according to Your word. Let my supplication come before You; Deliver me according to Your word.
My lips shall utter praise, For You teach me Your statutes. My tongue shall speak of Your word, For all Your commandments are righteousness. Let Your hand become my help, For I have chosen Your precepts.
I long for Your salvation, O LORD, And Your law is my delight. Let my soul live, and it shall praise You; And let Your judgments help me. I have gone astray like a lost sheep; Seek Your servant, For I do not forget Your commandments.
Look st the progression here. Our scribe begins by pleading for understanding, recognizing that he must begin on a firm foundation that is based upon the Word of the LORD, God, the Almighty. The resultant understanding moves him to praise, exactly as it should.
Now look at the second paragraph, second sentence. I know without a doubt that I have never been moved to declare that the laws of the State of Vermont are my delight. The exact opposite is far more likely—I'm moved to sputtering. The difference is the Law of the Lord vs the law of man. The first is based on the Holiness of the Lord, the latter on the self-interest of man.
Let us praise Him with all our being.
Morning Psalm 64, Noon Psalm 119:129-136, Evening Psalm 148
Then likewise he sprinkled with blood both the tabernacle and all the vessels of the ministry. And according to the law almost all thingsare purified with blood, and without shedding of blood there is no remission.
I was surprised this morning to see that 'almost'. After reading countless times about the precise instructions for purification rites, surprised is too mild a word, but so be it. It is unprofitable to dwell on what cannot be done when that which can be accomplished is so rich and important. 1 John 1:7 settles the applicability issue. “But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.” A comforting passage.
So get up on our hind legs and walk in the Light of Jesus Christ.
Morning Psalm 63, Noon Psalm 119:121-128, Evening Psalm 147
For if he were on earth, he would not be a priest, since there are priests who offer the gifts according to the law; who serve the copy and shadow of the heavenly things, as Moses was divinely instructed when he was about to make the tabernacle. For he said, "see that you make all things according to the pattern shown you on the mountain."
Why was Moses instructed to make all things according to the pattern shown him? The answer is one sense is very simple: The LORD, God, the Almighty knows exactly how He desires to be worshiped in every detail. And in another sense, He recognizes that we are a strong willed people and knowexactly how wewant to worship Him.
He has provide specific directions about how He wishes to be worshiped. The Psalms are full of the details. Do we read them with an attitude of looking for guidance?
Morning Psalm 62, Noon Psalm 119:113-120, Evening Psalm 146
Let us therefore be diligent to enter that rest, lest anyone fall according to the same example of disobedience. For the word of God is living and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the division of soul and spirit, and of joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. And there is no creature hidden from His sight, but all things are naked and open to the eyes of Him to whom we must give account.
Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
We cannot hide from that living and powerful Word of God for it is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. All things are naked and open to Him. But, hallelujah, we have a great High Priest who has been tempted in all points as we are, yet did not succumb to sin. Let us go boldly to Him in our time of need.
Morning Psalm 61, Noon Psalm 119:105-112, Evening Psalm 145
Therefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our confession, Christ Jesus, who was faithful to Him who appointed Him, as Moses also was faithful in all His house. For this One has been counted worthy of more glory than Moses, inasmuch as He who built the house has more honor than the house For every house is built by someone, but He who built all things is God.
The world is full of philosophers and thinkers, artists and artisans, inventors and creators, but all are alike in one way. That is that each is limited to an area of specialty. “but He who built all thingsis God” 9 little letters and a space in English. Alle dinge auf Deutsch. Man can say it in many, many languages but is totally incapable in all languages of creating all things.
Morning Psalm 60 Noon Psalm 119:97-104, Evening Psalm 144
Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted.
This is a striking passage in that it emphasizes the absolute necessity for God, the Son to be identical with man in order for Him to be the necessary and sufficient sacrifice for our sin. Look at that last sentence. He would not have been able to aid us unless He suffered through temptation.
Morning Psalm 59 Noon Psalm 119:89-96 Evening Psalm 143
You have put all thingsin subjection under his feet." For in that He put all in subjection under him, He left nothing that is not put under him. But now we do not yet see all thingsput under him. But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death crowned with glory and honor, that He, by the grace of God, might taste death for everyone. For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings.
It is certainly implied in the underlined phrase above that Jesus had never as God, the Son, experienced suffering. I've never thought of that before but it makes sense. This is the One under whom all things were either currently in subjection or were about to be placed there. It was necessary for Him to have that experience so that He, as the perfect substitute for us, would be like us in every aspect but without being sinful.
Morning Psalm 49, Noon Psalm 119:81-88, Evening Psalm 142
Princes persecute me without a cause, But my heart stands in awe of Your word. I rejoice at Your word As one who finds great treasure.
I hate and abhor lying, But I love Your law. Seven times a day I praise You, Because of Your righteous judgments. Great peace have those who love Your law, And nothing causes them to stumble.
LORD, I hope for Your salvation, And I do Your commandments. My soul keeps Your testimonies, And I love them exceedingly. I keep Your precepts and Your testimonies, For all my ways are before You.
"Princes persecute me...I hate and abhor lying...My soul keeps Your testimonies, And I love them exceedingly."
What an important word for this week as elected officials scream and lie, bound on destruction; reminding me of petulant children who would rather destroy a toy than allow another child to enjoy it.
May the LORD, God the Almighty lead His people in appropriate witness and testimony.
Morning Psalm 48, Noon Psalm 119:73-80, Evening Psalm 141
God, who at various times and in various ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the worlds; who being the brightness of His glory and the express image of His person, and upholding all things by the word of His power, when He had by Himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,having become so much better than the angels, as He has by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.
The writer of Hebrews presents us with two all things summations in this passage. The first, deals with His inheirantance. He is a co-equal member of the Trinity, holding all in equal regency with the God the Father and God the Holy Spirit, each with their appreciated roles, He as God the Son has His as the heir to direct and allocate the resources of the Kingdom of Heaven.
Secondly, He, through the power of His word, upholds ALL. He speaks and it is! Everything from quarks to nebula respond to His word. Nothing can withstand His command. Satan tried and look where its getting him.
Morning Psalm 47, Noon Psalm 119:65-72, Evening Psalm 140