What is our destiny and purpose in life? How do we fit into the ultimate order of God's redeemed creation? If we know the answers to these questions, we will find great joy and excitement in life. The answers lie in one concept, which is the subject of my latest book, Mutual Blessing. Mutual blessing was the foundation of God's order of creation. We managed to damage that foundation, but God's brilliant plan in redeeming Creation is to fully restore it ...
Mutual blessing is the essence of marriage. Yet my dear wife Patty and I almost discovered it too late. Though God intended marriage to be a relationship of the most profound mutual blessing, our first year was very difficult. We were both self-centered. I thought Patty existed to bless me, but I didn't realize that I was also to equally bless her. We were rapidly heading for destruction. Fortunately we realized this and were delivered through deep repentance. However, that self-centered root again had to be addressed when our first child was born. We needed to recalibrate our relationship as mother and father. By the grace of God, we have entered into a relationship of the most profound love, respect and mutual blessing - especially in recent years. But it was not easy ...
My thesis begins with the reality of God's own life. God eternally lives in a context of mutual blessing and interdependence in tri-unity as Father, Son and Spirit. Shared love, giving and receiving are central to the essence of God. This is why the solely singular idea of God found in some forms of Judaism is lacking. God was never eternally alone, but was always God in plurality - in mutual blessing. The word blessing means enrichment. Mutual interdependence for mutual enrichment flows from the nature of God Himself ...
- The Genesis Record
- The Creation of Adam in Mutual Blessing
- Mutual Blessing through the Male-Female Distinction
- Mutual Blessing through Different Gifts and Callings
- The Glory of Mutual Blessing in the Age to Come
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And if his offering is a peace-offering ... whether male or female, he shall offer it unblemished before the L-rd.