Full text of renowned Bible teacher Derek Prince’s sermon: ‘Who Has Bewitched You? — The Flesh Under Judgment’ (Part 3)
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Derek Prince – Bible Teacher
By way of introduction to my message this morning I’m going to read, not from the gospel because it’s customary, we’ve already heard the gospel record beautifully presented by the choir in song.
I’m going to read from Romans the 6th chapter which is the application in our lives of the truth that He died, was buried and rose again. And that is going to be my theme this morning. I have been dealing with a Scripture in Galatians 3 verse 1, an unusual starting point, where Paul says: ‘O foolish Galatians, who bewitched you, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was evidently set forth, crucified among you?’
And from that text I have deduced that there is a sinister force at work in the church and Paul calls it witchcraft, whether you like his terminology or not, which blinds God’s people to the work of the cross, and once God’s people are blinded to the cross, they are a prey to Satan. That’s his reason for trying to blind the people of God to the reality and the power and the effect of what was accomplished by Jesus through His sacrifice on the cross.
The two previous nights I dealt with two areas. The first was what Jesus obtained for us through His death on the cross, and I pointed out that every provision and blessing of God that can ever come in our lives comes on the sole sufficient basis of the cross; there is no other basis.
And all that Jesus obtained for us through His death on the cross, the Bible calls, salvation. That’s not just being forgiven, it’s not just receiving eternal life, wonderful though that is, but it’s every provision of God for every part of our being, for time and for eternity, it’s salvation and it was all obtained through the one all-sufficient sacrifice of Jesus on the cross.
And last night I dealt with the second aspect of the cross which is that it’s the only basis of righteousness acceptable to God. God will not accept any righteousness that’s based on our own efforts or on our own religious deeds, He has completely and finally set that aside through the death of Jesus.
Romans 10:4 says, ‘Christ is the end of the law for righteousness to everyone who believes.’ If you believe in Jesus, His death and resurrection, that is the end of all law as a means of achieving righteousness with God. That’s very little understood in the church today.
Most Christians are still trying somehow to earn righteousness by what they do. Paul says very succinctly, if righteousness come by the law Christ died in vain. There was no need for Him to die. And when we go back to seeking to achieve righteousness by keeping laws, we’re telling Jesus in a fact, you didn’t really need to die, we could’ve done without you. It’s a terrible condition to be in.
THE APPLICATION OF THE CROSS TO OUR LIVES (ROM. 6:6–11
This morning I’m going to speak about the cross as it is applied to the life of the believer. I want to point out to you that God is totally just and what happened on the cross was total justice, was not injustice, it was the due punishment of a criminal. The only unusual fact was that the innocent was receiving the punishment justly due to the guilty.