© Carlos Padilla, May 2012


...Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound, that saved a wretch like me. I was once lost but now am found, was blind but now I see... This is how the famous hymn starts. It was written by John Newton, who was a slave trader, in 1772. Repented and converted to Christ, he became a pastor. He also fought to abolish slavery and saw it happen through his friend William Wilberforce, whom he supported. The weight of the sin that Newton carried was a heavy burden, thousands of souls tortured due to him under slavery. It was hard for him to receive God's forgiveness, but that amazing grace finally made him accept it.


Newton took the melody from the songs of one of the black slaves who used to sing from the belly of his ship. Since then black spirituals, gospel, have been composed mostly on what has been known as the slave scale: the five black notes of the piano, also known as the pentatonic scale, as Wintley Phipps tells us. He says that there are five white musicians who composed spiritual hymns for the church using the black keys of the piano. Listen to Wintley Phipps singing Amazing Grace in www.youtube.com


The Grace of God is His great blessing, and we receive it as the source of anointment, starting when we receive His undeserved salvation through faith in the work of His Son Jesus Christ on the Cross of Calvary. Salvation is the starting point for the grace of God, which is being offered to us throughout our lives in every stage and experience. But receiving His grace does not seem an easy thing to do. It seems that our inner being fights against receiving something without deserving it, we always try to do something or other to deserve what we receive. But there is greater grace in receiving than giving, because giving makes our ego grow, but receiving makes us humble.


The Bible says: ...For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. Ephesians 2:8. But it also says: ...Also faith by itself, if it does not have works, is dead. James 2:17. Here we have a Biblical counterbalance to look for God's balance in grace, not in terms of salvation, since it is through faith, without works; works are produced by faith for a holy life, and through them we will be seen as children of God in the combination of both, not to earn salvation which is through the Cross of Christ.


This is man's inner controversy, our fight to understand that it is not through our works that we receive, not just salvation which is the main thing, but God's blessings, the grace of the relationship with God, His presence, and a life that really has a purpose for Him who has created us. We have to stop trying to do things ourselves and trust in God our Father, looking for His anointment, His guidance, praying in the Name of Jesus Christ. We have to leave religiosity aside and enjoy our relationship with Him in Jesus Christ; and if we have failed, we should receive His help, His great love. We receive all of these through His grace, not through our individual merits and efforts.


Receiving His grace is our great debt with God. The grace of God is received through faith. Without God's grace nothing we do in our life will have God's anointment. We need His Grace every moment. We will see now the effects of receiving the Grace of God in our lives, and it is not a one-off event, it is more like a daily way of life which covers every aspect of our life, because grace is also one of the basic doctrines of Christianity.





The seven ways of seeing the grace of God in Christian life start and end with God. The first and last is the relationship with God, receiving from God, give to God. The second and fifth things are the relationship with the Church, the brethren, receive from the church, from the brethren, to the brethren. The third and fourth are the relationship with our neighbour, give to our neighbour, two things, acceptance or opposition and persecution. And the seventh, as I said at the beginning, and last, is to enter in the rest of the Lord, that comes from the relationship with Jesus Christ, which starts through faith that comes from grace. ...Therefore it is of faith that it might be according to grace... Romans 4:16. Have we forgotten about the family, the base of civilization and God's creation? Not at all. Family is included in two groups, depending on whether they have received faith or not. Our faith is that our family, at least our close relatives, are saved through God's grace. Our faith, our grace, our anointment, our relationship and testimony will play an important role in their lives. Our loved ones are in the two groups. Let us see how we can bless them, because they are a link that God has given us. Let us see each of the seven aspects in which the grace of God that we need so much in our lives is granted.



1. Receive from God


Grace starts with God, with God's love for us. We receive faith from Him, and faith is what allows us to receive the grace of God. the first and eternal fruit of the grace of God is salvation of our souls for eternity, in the Kingdom of God. When we confess Jesus Christ, His Son, as Lord and Saviour we enter the dimension of grace, and that grace we cannot receive through our merits, nor for our personal efforts. But grace continues to bless our lives, blesses out hearts giving us the capacity to love that comes from God. It blesses our mind in the mind of Christ. It blesses our hope, our whole being, what we are and what we do. The grace of God is the source of divine anointment that we need continuously in our lives, a gift of virtue. Without God's anointment, nothing we do will be blessed, and that blessing starts by receiving the grace of God.


The grace of God shines brightly when we lack faith, when we have failed, when we were unable to trust God, when we feel guilty - this is when our Father opens His arms, like with the prodigal son, Luke 15:11. But the grace of God also shines when we are full of faith, when we do things looking for God's anointment and direction, and we are successful and thing come out well, when we feel blessed and guided, when we are blessing our family, then it is when we will pray giving praise to the Lord.


Salvation, blessing, anointment, spiritual growth, relationship with Jesus Christ, direction and purpose, all of this comes from the grace of God when we receive Him.


Psalm 23 talks about receiving God's shepherdess, His protection and blessing. The Scripture invites us to receive the Gospel in "...Today, if you will hear His voice, do not harden your hearts..." Hebrews 3:7. The grace of salvation in John 3:16 is the first grace we receive from God, through faith. The grace of the Great Commandment, in order to love God with all our being.


Abraham received from God, he gave up everything throughout his life following God's voice, and he was called "God's friend".



2. Receive from the Church.


The grace of God continues in the community of people who have been bought at the price of the life and blood of Jesus Christ on the Cross. These people are our spiritual family, the brethren in Christ, and it is in the midst of our congregation of people saved by God that we receive grace from God. The Lord provides for His people through pastors, elders in the faith, deacons, friends in Christ. But, how many people have received God's grace through a close relative in Christ, who has been praying and interceding for you over the years?  A Christian receives God's grace through them in community, and this community can be large or small, they can meet in a big building or a humble house, in a western country or in a mission in the third world. They all need to receive the grace of God and His anointment to move towards the blessing of all the brethren, of a holy and healthy community, in brotherly love. This is not possible without God's anointment and grace.


Companionship on the way, preparation and relationship growth, friendship, help, forgiveness, intercession prayer, anointment, grace, brotherly love. Galatians 6:2 ...Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ... And Jesus said "Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends." John 15:14. "And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren". 1John 3:16.


The grace of joy while Jesus Christ returns, because: the kingdom of God is among us, Luke 17:21. That grace is already shown in the anointment of Psalm 133, which Israel already enjoyed in the feast of tabernacles.


William Wilberforce received from the church; he received from his friend John Newton the strength to fight time after time in British Parliament until he succeeded in abolishing slavery, just before he died.



3. Give to the neighbour


Through the grace of God we can give to our neighbour more than occasional help for daily life. We can give Word of Salvation to our neighbour, we can bring them the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Grace enables us to be patient, godly, merciful, to love those who do not deserve it, pray for them, fill our words with God's grace and anointment.


The grace of the Golden Rule, to love our neighbour as ourselves, because that doesn't come from our heart by nature. And the grace to serve in the Great Commission because if we love our neighbour, what better present can we give than the Gospel that has saved us? ¿Is there a better present for our beloved relatives who do not believe in God?. The grace of being like the good Samaritan, so that the Lord tells us what He will announce when He judges the nations: "...for I was hungry and you gave Me food... ...Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom.." Matthew 25:34.


Theresa of Calcutta gave to her neighbour, in the midst of her doubts and scares resources.



4. Receive from the neighbour


Our neighbour will give us two things. They will be thankful for material, personal or any other type of help; but above all they can be grateful for the Word of Salvation, the Gospel, if they receive the grace of God with faith. This is when we win brethren for the people of God, those whom the Lord had already chosen beforehand for salvation.


But we can also receive rejection, persecution, hate, despise for our Lord Jesus Christ name's sake, like the Bible tells us in the Words of Jesus Christ Himself, and like all Christians experience. The grace of God provides us with anointment that strengthens our faith and love of God in the midst of tribulation, trials of faith and despise. "...If they persecuted Me, they will also persecute you. If they kept My word, they will keep yours also..." John 15:20.


The Golden Rule makes us cry out for grace to love our enemies. It is a rule that makes us see what the human being is like in his mind, and the misery of man's existence without God; this is how most of us were until we were rescued by the Lord, so that we can have hope in the birth through faith when we preach the Word to those who oppose us. "...And you will be hated by all for My name’s sake..." Mark 13:13. If Jesus' own family did not receive Him at the beginning, we cannot be surprised by our family opposing us, but persevere because the grace of God will touch their hearts, will give you patience and anoint your character. And those who receive, bring grace to our ears when they ask to be baptized.


The man who went down from Jerusalem to Jericho and fell among thieves received from his neighbour. Left half dead on the side of the road, until the good Samaritan came.



5.- Give to the Church


The grace of God is going to provide us with the anointment of companionship in the church, it is going to give us determination to serve God in those areas where we can be of blessing. We can help in ministries, be part of the worship and praise, teach others, enjoy the friendship of brothers, of whole families, it allows us to love our brethren. "...By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another... " John 13:35. Give our time, dedication, help in daily life, celebration like in the weddings of Cana. Lead and serve our brethren, work in evangelization, outreach and the support of the church, for the glory of God, through His grace. But there is a great grace when we do all this with our family, with our wife or husband in Christ, with our children, parents, brothers, sisters and relatives, that grace is a blessing from above. Serve with your family in Christ.


Let us give grace to our brethren. Grace is like a spring of eternal life from the heart of the person who has been born again. "...Freely you have received, freely give..." Matthew 10:8.


The golden rule and Psalm 133 are now our legacy to the church, in our relationship and in our joint, personality in Christ to live under the anointment of Psalm 133.


Martin Luther gave to the Church, he provided the Bible in vernacular language and preached salvation through undeserved grace of the merits of Jesus Christ.



6. Give to God.


The grace of God and the anointment have changed our heart towards God, and now we live in worship, honour, in a song from our heart for God. Now we give our time, our life, our will and all our beloved ones to God through grace, so that He is the first one in our heart, in our temple, and we remember to carry our cross, remembering the cross of Jesus Christ that Simon of Cyrene carried. The Great Commandment is private, God sees it and perceives it in the intimacy of the heart. Even though it can be manifested in the congregation, the heart is the inner place of the Temple of God in the believer that has only access to God in Christ. This "Sancta Sanctorum" is exclusive for the Lord. Let us give Him that grace that He gave us, that such great love that we did not deserve, and which now gives fruit to God.


Glory, praise, fellowship, thanks, love, obedience, trust, worship, our whole life from the day we receive Him to the last one and forever.


But the grace of God shows itself in how we treat others, our family, our brethren and our neighbour. This is how Jesus taught us in His parable of the Son of Man Will Judge the Nations "...Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me..." Matthew 25:40. It is through grace that we can keep this balance of loving God and our neighbour, the Great Commandment and the Golden Rule. Many people say they have a relationship with God, but it does not show in their relationship with their families or the rest of the people. Therefore, we must pray so that the grace of God gives us the anointment of brotherly love, that when you are alone with God, He will love you as you loved others as He taught us, until His life for us. Jesus Christ already had a perfect relationship with the Father and the Father with the Son, but God loved us. Now, through His grace and His anointment we may love God in Jesus Christ with that same love.


Jesus Christ gave to God, He gave His life for us.



7. Receive from God


Yes, the first and last points are receiving from God, because: "...I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,  says the Lord..." Revelation 1:8. The grace of "entering the rest of the Lord" starts and ends with God. Once we have received and given to God, the church and our neighbour, is when the Lord received us in His rest, Hebrews 4:3. The rest of the Lord also includes our peace, "...My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you..." John 14:27. This rest and this peace of God includes peace for the end times, for resurrection and/or rapture of the Church, in the prophetic times we live in. The hope in the rapture on the return of the Lord and it is a peace that comes from the grace and the love of God. Whoever does not have this peace does not have the grace of God. Grace will take us to eternity, if we hold on to Him every day of our lives, obeying His anointment, and His guide, trusting Him, praying and learning His Word and living a Christian life, giving fruits in these seven points of anointed relationship with God, with our family, brethren and neighbour.


Only if we receive from God His grace and His anointment, we will have a character and love up to the level to allow us to work in a holy way and directed by God. Not working for merits, but as the fruit of the grace of love, to serve, because we will be known by our fruits, fruits of grace and truth. This grace allows us to receive the rest of the Lord.


The person who received from God, who entered His rest is: The purpose of each one of us.



The Doctrine of Grace


Doctrine is an essential foundation of Christian faith. The Protestant reform was partly based on this concept which says that salvation is by faith, not by works. But grace includes many concepts that are part of salvation, which flow from the Cross, such as resurrection, the coming of the Holy Spirit, the formation of the Church, the final victory over evil and the new creation. This is all through God's love for us.


The works of the fallen man are an obstacle to salvation by faith that comes from divine faith. The natural man believes that through his good works he has more right to receive the grace of God that the man of evil works. The result is that the man who acknowledges himself as a sinner, the one who knows and accepts that he has done things wrong, opens the door for salvation more easily than the one who considers himself righteous because he has good works. Good or bad, works are an obstacle to receive the grace of salvation. Works are for love to our neighbours because they emanate from a heart that has been transformed by the anointment that the grace of God brings. Man cannot do anything apart from surrender unconditionally before the Cross of Christ, who died for our sins, to receive the grace of God. Faith is a gift of God to receive that grace in our heart. The Trinity is the origin of the grace of God. The Father provides the grace, the Son brings it and makes it shine, and the Holy Spirit makes it work in the heart of the believer.





...But the LORD was with Joseph, and shewed him mercy, and gave him favour in the sight of the keeper of the prison. Genesis 39:21.


...“I will heal their backsliding, I will love them freely, for My anger has turned away from him. Hosea 14:4.


...“And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. Yes, they will mourn for Him as one mourns for his only son, and grieve for Him as one grieves for a firstborn." Zechariah 12:10.

...And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. 15John bore witness of Him and cried out, saying, “This was He of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me is preferred before me, for He was before me.’” 16And of His fullness we have all received, and grace for grace. 17For the law was given through Moses, but grace and truth came through Jesus Christ.  John 1:14.

...Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. 3And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; 4and perseverance, character; and character, hope. 5Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us.  Romans 5:2.

...But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast.  Ephesians 2:4

...Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; 3 nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; 4 and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away. 5 Likewise you younger people, submit yourselves to your elders. Yes, all of you be submissive to one another, and be clothed with humility, for God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, 7 casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you. 1Peter 5:2.



Grace is God's love and His undeserved blessing, His salvation and every gift from His Spirit through faith. He loves us even though we are sinners, to bring us to salvation through faith in the redeeming work of His Son Jesus Christ. We are under the grace of God when we believe that we are not going to save our soul and become spiritual before God through our righteousness or our personal, moral or religious efforts, neither through tradition or belonging. If we believe God and we receive His love, He will make us worthy through Christ of receiving and feeling His presence and His knowledge throughout our lives and until eternity. Grace is a state where Jesus Christ places us out of condemnation of the Law because of sin through His redemption work, so that we live in His presence, and the Father's, through His permanent intercession through the Holy Spirit.

Communicating the grace of God is our priority in the Great Commission, that we announce salvation to every person so that they are saved from condemnation and hell, and they can enter, through Jesus Christ, in the Kingdom of God for eternity.

Our personal relationships with others, and if these are fed from God's love, make our lives have a spiritual meaning which is originated from God's anointment. But relationships are not only based on ourselves, they are not only based on giving, furthermore, receiving is more important than giving, especially receiving without deserving it. Our God is the specialist in loving us first. He gave us His son so that we would have eternal life by His side, by the side of God instead of separated from Him for eternity. Now it is our turn to love God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind and with all our strength, and our family, our brethren and our neighbour as ourselves.

We know that our life here and now is a temporary journey, a test, a place where we get ready for eternity. This is why the grace of God is a priority for us, receiving it and giving it. The Bible says ...Freely you have received, freely give. Matthew 10:8.

Grace came through Jesus Christ. Salvation came through grace but we can only accept that grace by faith. We are freely justified through His grace undeservingly. And that saving grace shines from the Cross for the forgiveness of our sins.

The blessings of grace in our life are so many and so abundant that if a certain aspect of our life is not working, we have to stop and find out where are we being an obstacle, not letting God's grace work, where are we trying to win the battle ourselves, where is it that we are not allowing Jesus Christ to be our guide and direction in our lives, and let Him have the glory and honour.

The warning is that we must persevere in grace, grow in it 2Peter 3:18 and fight not to fall from it Galatians 5:4. Not receiving such an amazing Grace is rejecting God Himself, and for this reason we are warned not to stop reaching it, in Hebrews 12:15. And also because: "...it is good that the heart be established by grace..." Hebrews 13:9b. This is our big debt with God, receiving His grace without deserving it. Achieving it is through faith, so it may be by grace.

The Grace of God of the apostolic prayer that we read 31 times in the Epistles and Revelation may be up on you. ...Grace be with you all!... Amen.



  • For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. Prophecy of Isaiah 9:6.

  • I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. John 14:6. Words of Yahshua - Jesus Christ.
  • You want to know God, but you know the way is not through organized religion, nor by sects, nor by society. The world has failed. ...I pray for them;  I do not pray for the world but for those whom You have given Me, for they are Yours... John 17:9. Prayer of Yahshua - Jesus Christ.

  • If you really seek God, begin today the new life though the true hand of God. The Gospel is the message for all nations, no matter their race, their origins or culture. God is the saviour of those from humanity who open their hearts to Him.

  • ...Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.  1Corinthians 15:58.

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