Full text of Derek Prince’s teaching titled ‘The Exchange at the Cross’ which was delivered in New Zealand, February 1987.
Notable quote from this message:
‘The key is that on the cross, a divinely ordained exchange took place. All the evil that was due by justice to the human race, to each of us individually, was visited upon Jesus, that all the good due to the sinless obedience of Jesus might be made available to us who believe.’
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Derek Prince – Bible teacher
Hebrew 10:14, which speaks about what Jesus accomplished by His death on the cross.
‘For by one offering (or by one sacrifice) He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.”
JESUS PROVIDED IN EVERY NEED
The one offering, or the one sacrifice is the sacrifice He made of Himself on the cross. And by that one offering, He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified. That means to say: He has provided every need for time and eternity in every area of the life of every person who trusts in Him.
There is nothing more that He has to do. He has done it all. It is one complete, all sufficient sacrifice. That’s the first part of that statement.
Now then, it speaks about those who are being sanctified or set apart to God or drawn closer to God. That’s an ongoing process.
What Jesus has done is once for all, it’s total complete. But our appreciation of it, our appropriation of it, is progressive, but we need to start from the fact that the actual sacrifice is totally complete.
When I minister in the Third World, as I do quite often, I try to use very simple pictures that will help the people to understand. Actually, the same simple pictures will help people in New Zealand, too, but people in New Zealand might not realize it.
And so I just want to share with you two pictures that I used. First of all, in Pakistan a year and a half ago, Pakistan is a 98% Muslim country with 84 million people. The Christians, and they’re only really nominal Christian Muslims, are just a tiny, oppressed, despised minority.
But the Lord opened the way for Ruth and me with a team of five others to go and spend nine days in three of the main cities, proclaiming the word of God. It was announced in advance that we would pray for the sick.
Well, our first meeting was in Karachi, which is the main port, a city of about 8 million people. And before we went to the meeting, the leader of the team that had invited us, a team of indigenous local Pakistani Christians, took us to see the Christian quarter of Karachi.
And I have seen a lot of poverty in my life, but I have never seen such poverty and such squalor. It really almost made me physically ill. And I got a little glimpse of what it’s like to be a Christian in a Muslim nation.
Well, they announced that they just had one meeting in Karachi because other preachers had been there first, and then they were going to take us to other parts of the country where other preachers had not been.
So I said to the leader, I said, ‘Where are we going to hold this first meeting?’
He said, ‘in our Church.’
Well, having measured the total economic state of the people, I wondered what that would be like. I said, ‘How many people are you expecting?’
He said, about 600.
I said, ‘How many does your Church hold?’
He said 300.
So I didn’t bother to reason that out. So they packed our team up in a little van and drove to the area of Karachi where the meetings were to be held.
True to Pakistani time, we arrived 1 hour late. When we got near the place where the Church was, we never saw the Church, because at a main intersection – it was not main roads, it was just dust roads.
There were about 3000 people just packed in this intersection. This was the congregation. The reason why they’d come; very simple. They heard we would pray for the sick.
So they squeezed me in through the crowd and got me onto a little platform just big enough for me and my Bible and a pulpit. And I was surrounded by every side by Pakistanis. I mean there was no space, there were no aisles, nothing. And they were all squatting on the ground.
So I thought to myself, ‘God, what am I going to say to these people?’
And God gave me this thought which is I’m sharing with you. I said to them, ‘Now if you people were all hungry, and I were the owner of an Orange Grove, there’s two things I could do for you. I could get an orange from my grove and give you one which would temporarily stave off your hunger. The other thing I could do is take you to my Orange Grove, show you the trees laden with fruit and say help yourself.’
I said, ‘Tonight I’m going to take you to the Orange Grove and you can help yourself. That’s what I’m going to do here tonight. I’m going to take you to the Orange Grove.’
The Orange Grove is the truth about the cross. And so I preached to them in brief outline what I’m going to preach to you tonight.
And then I said, ‘Now how many of you would like to receive Jesus as your personal Savior?’
And I suppose half the people stood which was about 1500 people. Now of those at least 500 or more were Moslems. I can’t take time to explain to you the differences between Islam and Christianity. But one thing is they do not believe that Jesus died on the cross, and they do not acknowledge that Jesus is the Son of God.
So when these people stood up, of course all this was through an interpreter. I led them in a prayer and asked every one of them to follow me. And I began the prayer this way, ‘Lord Jesus Christ, I believe that you are the Son of God and the only way to God, that you died on the cross for my sins and rose again from the dead.’
And they all repeated those words out loud after me. Now I’m not saying they were all saved, but to get 500 or more Muslims in a Muslim country in front of their own Muslims, to say those words could only have been achieved by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Then I said to myself, now we’ve got to redeem our promise to pray for the sick. There was no way to get to them. In any case, it would have taken hours.
So I said, ‘how many of you want to be prayed for, for healing?’ And I think about 90% raised their hands, and I mean, they were sick. People in Pakistan are sick. There aren’t many really healthy people. That’s really quite typical of quite a lot of the Third World.
So I said, ‘I’m going to pray a prayer for you and I want you, if you’ve got some part of your body that’s sick, to put your hand on the sick part. And as I pray, believe that God will touch it.’
So I prayed a prayer. All this had to be done interpreted in Urdu, or I had finished praying. I thought, now we’ve got to do something about this.