John Nunnikhoven

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

Ephesians 1:11-12

December 05, 2020

In Him also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who works all things according to the counsel of His will, that we who first trusted in Christ should be to the praise of His glory.

Paul keeps stuffing more and more into the All Things bag. Now we have our inheritance there. It is that we shall be, our purpose is, for the Glory of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Think about it like this. If you have a child who has received recognition for a special accomplishment, it is impossibly difficult not to tell everybody you meet about it. Here we have the very Lord of the Universe who uses our repentance as something that brings great glory to the Godhead. And He wants to tell everyone.

Readings:

Morning Psalm 13, Noon Psalm 119:145-152, Evening Psalm 104

Ephesians 1:7-10

December 04, 2020

In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace which He made to abound toward us in all wisdom and prudence, having made known to us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of the times He might gather together in one all thingsin Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth—in Him.

Look at the beauty of that last section. “All things will be gathered in the Lord Jesus Christ” and if that promise doesn't bring a warm sense of completion, this study is a failure. ALL THINGS REALLY MEANS ALL THINGS AND THAT ALL INCLUDES YOU AND ME.That's a put your arms around yourself and give yourself a big hug Sing a chorus of Jesus Loves Me.

Readings:

Morning Psalm 12, Noon Psalm 119:137-144, Evening Psalm 103

Galatians 3:10-14

December 02, 2020

For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse; for it is written, "cursed is everyone who does not continue in all things which are written in the book of the law, to do them."

But that no one is justified by the law in the sight of God is evident, for "the just shall live by faith." Yet the law is not of faith, but "the man who does them shall live by them."

Christ has redeemed us from the curse of the law, having become a curse for us (for it is written, "cursed is everyone who hangs on a tree"), that the blessing of Abraham might come upon the gentiles in Christ Jesus, that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.

What a remarkable passage. Look at it this way:

If I did manage to do all things that are in the Law, I would not be cursed.

It is impossible for me to completely fulfill the Law. Woe is me! I am cursed.

 No. Christ became the curse for me. As a result I am an inheritor of all the blessings of Abraham. All the promises are mine and freely bestowed upon me. Sure beats any religion where I do all the work. John_14:6  Jesus said to him, "I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.

Readings:

Morning Psalm 11, Noon Psalm 119:129-136, Evening Psalm 102

2 Corinthians 12:19-21

December 01, 2020

Again, do you think that we excuse ourselves to you? We speak before God in Christ. But we do all things, beloved, for your edification. For I fear lest, when I come, I shall not find you such as I wish, and that I shall be found by you such as you do not wish; lest there be contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, backbitings, whisperings, conceits, tumults;  lest, when I come again, my God will humble me among you, and I shall mourn for many who have sinned before and have not repented of the uncleanness, fornication, and lewdness which they have practiced.

Paul is always concerned for those he ministers to that they continue to grow in Godliness. “Edification” has a sense of growth, improvement.

Likewise, I need to focus on the most complete and lucid presentation of the Gospel that I am capable of. My task is to assist my audience; to lead them into lives lived through Kingdom eyes. Every word issuing from my mouth must be chosen to enhance that outcome.

Readings:

Morning Psalm 910, Noon Psalm 119:121-128, Evening Psalm 101

2 Corinthians 11:4-6

November 30, 2020

For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted—you may well put up with it! For I consider that I am not at all inferior to the most eminent apostles. Even though I am untrained in speech, yet I am not in knowledge. But we have been thoroughly manifested among you in all things.

I think that Paul is assuring the saints of Corinth that he has been careful to teach the true Gospel to them. That even though another Jesus is preached with superior glibness, or a more attractive gospel, he, Paul, can be trusted to have correct knowledge.

Readings:

Morning Psalm 9, Noon Psalm 119:113-120, Evening Psalm 100

Psalms 119:113-120

November 29, 2020

I hate the double-minded, But I love Your law. You are my hiding place and my shield; I hope in Your word. Depart from me, you evildoers, For I will keep the commandments of my God!

Uphold me according to Your word, that I may live; And do not let me be ashamed of my hope. Hold me up, and I shall be safe, And I shall observe Your statutes continually.

You reject all those who stray from Your statutes, For their deceit is falsehood. You put away all the wicked of the earth like dross; Therefore I love Your testimonies.

My flesh trembles for fear of You, And I am afraid of Your judgments.

Our scribe expresses his reliance on the Word of the LORD about 8 or 9 times in these suscint statements. Powerful words! No ducking, bobbing, or weaving words.

I am very sure that what we read in this Psalm reflected his life; that it was lived in the same obedient, dedicated manner. Why am I so sure? It is bescause of the place that this Psalm holds in the Canon. The LORD, God, the Almighty would not honor something that represented a lie.

How about a contest in the few weeks left in this study? Any Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek scholars among the readers who would be willing to propose a suitable name for our friend? One that displays his love for the Word and reliance on it in every aspect of his life? 1stprize through 175this the same; our heartfelt thanks and praise.

Readings:

Morning Psalm 8, Noon Psalm 119:105-112, Evening Psalm 99


 

2 Corinthians 9:6-8

November 28, 2020

But this I say: He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.

So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

This last sentence in this passage is the 'all'est passage I have discovered in this study. So rich, so wonderful, so encouraging, and the reason is given in the last phrase. The LORD, God, the Almighty wants His Ambassadors to be completely equipped for all good works.No letters back to HQ complaining about lack of supplies.

Readings:

Morning Psalm 7, Noon Psalm 119:97-104, Evening Psalm 98

2 Corinthians 7:13-16

November 27, 2020

Therefore we have been comforted in your comfort. And we rejoiced exceedingly more for the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by you all.

For if in anything I have boasted to him about you, I am not ashamed. But as we spokeall things to you in truth, even so our boasting to Titus was found true. And his affections are greater for you as he remembers the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling you received him.

Therefore I rejoice that I have confidence in you in everything.

What a joy it must have been to Paul to have His love for and confidence in Titus reciprocated by the saints in Corinth. And vice versus.

We've all had that embarrassing experience of recommending a friend to a friend and getting the response, “What do you see in that turkey?” Not here.

Worst of all is when we recommend another assembly to friends about to take a trip and getting the “turkey” response. Brothers and sisters, that should not be.

Readings:

Morning Psalm 6, Noon Psalm 119:89-96, Evening Psalm 97

2 Corinthians 7:11-13

November 26, 2020

For observe this very thing, that you sorrowed in a godly manner: What diligence it produced in you, what clearing of yourselves, what indignation, what fear, what vehement desire, what zeal, what vindication! In all things you proved yourselves to be clear in this matter.

Therefore, although I wrote to you, I did not do it for the sake of him who had done the wrong, nor for the sake of him who suffered wrong, but that our care for you in the sight of God might appear to you.

Therefore we have been comforted in your comfort. And we rejoiced exceedingly more for the joy of Titus, because his spirit has been refreshed by you all.

Very that Paul's concern for the saints of Corinth was not particularly for the perpetrator, ,although he was in error or for the victim even though he suffered but for the event's impact on the congregation and its witness.

Do we look at our own flocks with the same priories. I suspect not.

Readings:

Morning Psalm 5, Noon Psalm 119:81-88, Evening Psalm 96

2 Corinthians 6:3-10

November 25, 2020

We give no offense in anything, that our ministry may not be blamed. But in all things we commend ourselves as ministers of God: in much patience, in tribulations, in needs, in distresses, in stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labors, in sleeplessness, in fastings; by purity, by knowledge, by long-suffering, by kindness, by the Holy Spirit, by sincere love, by the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armor of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, by honor and dishonor, by evil report and good report; as deceivers, and yet true; as unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and behold we live; as chastened, and yet not killed; as sorrowful, yet always rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

Paul is not boasting, just stating the characteristics of his ministry. It is right and good, even honoring to the LORD, God, the Almighty, that one of His Ambassadors can endure this list of trials, to glorify His Name.

Can I? And the envelope, please. Wasn't that line from the Price is Right TV show? Well, I'm afraid the answer is, to quote another old cliche, a Bronx Cheer.

But the Apostle Paul does give me an example to emulate.

 

Readings:

Morning Psalm 4, Noon Psalm 119:73-80, Evening Psalm 95

2 Corinthians 5:18-21

November 24, 2020

ow all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.

Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God. For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

The all things of God include placing us as Ambassadors of His Reconciliation. Let that soak in for a few moments. And couple it with the last sentence of this selection. “ For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him”

Is it a fair interpretation to read that you and I are named to the Court of the LORD, God, the Almighty as Ambassadors of that Court so that you and I can represent the transforming power of the Cross of Jesus Christ?

Does that transforming power show through me in every aspect of my life?

Readings:

Morning Psalm3, Noon Psalm 119:65-72, Evening Psalm 94


 

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2 Corinthians 5:17

November 23, 2020

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

No more excuses; no more of the “Oh, I'm just a failing man” to explain away sinful behavior. I am a new man in Christ Jesus and know better. Yes, I will continue, from time to time, to fail but I know better.I am new creation.

My place is on my knees, confessing my failures.

Readings:

Morning Psalm 2, Noon Psalm 119:57, Evening Psalm 93

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