Full text of renowned Bible teacher Derek Prince’s teaching titled “How To Apply The Blood of Jesus” which was delivered at Christchurch, New Zealand.
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Derek Prince – Bible teacher
Now when I speak about the cross, I want to make it clear to you: I’m not going to be talking about a piece of metal or wood that people hang around their necks, or hang on the walls of churches.
I have nothing against those, but I just need to explain that’s not what I’m talking about. I’m talking about what was accomplished for us by the death of Jesus Christ as the sacrifice for sin on the cross. So I just used that simple phrase “the cross” to cover all of that.
Now, last night I had the privilege of being not for the first time in Christchurch townhall. Just let me have a little check. How many of you were there last night? Well, that’s wonderful. That’s a good representation. We’re sorry for those of you who missed it. We had a wonderful time. Isn’t that true? Not so much because of the preacher but because of the Lord. Because the Lord came in and really visited us. We ended, I think it’s reverent to say, on cloud nine last night.
I tell people don’t talk about the seventh heaven because that’s not scriptural. But if you want to say you’re really happy, it’s all right to say you’re on cloud nine, because there are lots of clouds up in heaven.
I talked about the love of God revealed in the price that He was willing to pay to redeem each one of us. The price was the precious blood of Jesus. And I showed from the Old Testament scriptures that God had foreshown the shedding of the blood of Jesus.
And in the ceremony of the Day of Atonement recorded in Leviticus 16, God had foreshown that there would be a seven-fold sprinkling of the precious blood of Jesus. And last night we traced this through the Gospels, and I just want to recapitulate briefly what we said.
Those of you that have listened to my radio teaching will know that I am strong on recapitulation. I don’t believe in just saying a thing once and just believing everybody got it all because most times they didn’t.
For five years in east Africa I was a trainer of teachers for the schools of Africa. And one thing we used to impress upon our teachers was that recapitulation is a part of good teaching.
So I’m going to very, very briefly go through the SUCCESSIVE SEVEN-FOLD SPRINKLING OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS as recorded in the Gospels.
First of all, in the Garden of Gethsemane as He prayed in agony, His sweat fell down like great drops of blood on the ground. Then when they took Him to the house of the high priest and began to abuse Him, they struck Him across the face with rods, brought out the blood. At some point in their mistreatment of Him, they began to pull out the hair of His beard in tufts. And, of course, the blood came out.
Then He was handed over by Pontius Pilate to be scourged, and a Roman scourge was a whip with many thongs in which were embedded pieces of bone and metal. And so as the thongs fell across a man’s back, they literally tore open the flesh.
And then in mockery, because He claimed to be a king, they planted a crown of thorns. If you go to Israel, you can see the same thorns today. They’re long and extremely hard and tremendously sharp. And they put this on His head and then they beat Him on the head, pressing the thorns, down into His scalp causing the blood to well up and run down His face and coagulate in His beard.
And prophetically in the 52nd second chapter of Isaiah, Isaiah predicting that, said ‘His visage was so marred, more than a man.’ (Isaiah 52:14) And one of the modern translations says ‘He lost even the appearance of a human being.’ And then they nailed Him to the cross and put the nails through His hands and His feet. And finally, after He was dead, a soldier thrust a spear into His side in the area of the heart, and blood and water gushed out.
So that’s the seven-fold sprinkling that was predicted in the ceremony of the Day of Atonement.
And then I pointed out that in Leviticus 17:11, the Lord says, “The life — or the soul — of all flesh is in the blood.” And He says, “I have given it to you upon the altar to make atonement for your souls.” That’s another of the amazing prophesies of the Old Testament. It wasn’t just a regulation for whether the Israelites should eat food with blood or without. But it was a prediction of the cross.
The life — or the soul — of all flesh is in the blood, and I have given it to you upon the altar of Calvary to make an atonement for your souls.
And then in Isaiah 53:12, in the great prophetic picture of the atonement, Isaiah says, ‘He poured out His soul unto death.’ How did He do that? In His blood. The soul is in the blood. And Jesus poured out His soul as the sin offering for the whole of the human race. His soul took the place of your soul and my soul. He became the final sin offering.
Now, this morning I’m going to deal with something that’s extremely practical. What I’ve described to you is true, it’s wonderful but in a certain sense you don’t necessarily know how to make it real in your life and your experience.
HOW TO APPROPRIATE THE BLOOD OF JESUS
So this morning I’m going to teach: on how to appropriate the blood of Jesus, how to get the full effects of the blood of Jesus working in your life.
And by way of introduction, I want to turn to Revelation chapter 12 and verse 11.
Revelation 12:11: This is speaking about what I believe to be a great end-time conflict that lies ahead at the close of the present age; a conflict in which heaven and earth are involved. The angels of God are involved. Satan and his angels are involved. And God’s believing people on earth are involved.