“The Divine Exchange: 10 Things Jesus Accomplished on the Cross” by Derek Prince

I’ve been looking for an excuse to post something by Derek Prince ever since I started this blog. Recently I came across a series of five messages by Prince entitled The Divine Exchange. In this series Prince describes 10 things that Jesus did for you at the cross (listed below). It is an awesome and powerful message that will have you thanking Jesus for his love and sacrifice.

Prince preached The Divine Exchange back in 1987. This message has since been transcribed word for word and turned into a free book.

To encourage you to go and read this excellent series, I will paste some snippets of his introduction below, followed by links to the 10 aspects of the divine exchange. It’ll take you about 2 hours to read the whole series, but they will be 2 of the best hours of your life.

Now ladies and gentlemen, in his own words, here’s Derek Prince…

“This young lady from Oklahoma spoke… ‘Consider the work of Calvary. A perfect work, perfect in every respect, perfect in every aspect.’ … Instantly my mind went to the Greek New Testament and one of the last utterances of Jesus on the cross when he said, ‘It is finished.’ The Greek word is just one word tetelestai. But it’s the perfect tense of a verb that means to do something perfectly. I have said sometimes you could translate it this way: It is perfectly perfect or it is completely complete.

“At the close of the last session we had arrived at Isaiah 53:4–6… You know that the name of Isaiah is directly linked with the Hebrew word for salvation. He is the prophet of salvation. Here is the essence, the heart of salvation. We’ll look once more at verse 6 and consider its meaning a little more carefully.

“All we like sheep have gone astray . . .

“All we” leaves out no one. Do we agree about that? Does that apply to all of us? You don’t have to tell me but you need to make your mind up.

“. . . we have turned every one to his own way, and the Lord has laid on him the iniquity of us all.

“That word ‘iniquity’ is an interesting and important word. The Hebrew word is avon… It’s basic meaning is guilt. Another way of rendering it is perversity. What is our guilt? … I think the most contemporary translation is ‘rebellion.’ That’s the universal guilt of the whole human race. But Isaiah says

“the Lord has laid upon him the guilt [the perversity, the rebellion] of all of us.

“The word avon not only means guilt but it means the punishment for guilt… So that God not only laid on Jesus the guilt of us all—now listen, this is vitally important—but he laid upon him the punishment for the guilt of us all…

“Now that’s very important because it’s the key to understanding what happened when Jesus died on the cross. God the Father made to meet together upon him the guilt, the perversity, the rebellion of all of us and all the evil consequences that follow rebellion…

“If you can once grasp that, that’s the key to the storehouse. Everything you need is contained in that revelation…Let me say it this way: What happened on the cross was a divinely ordained exchange. Think of that key word ‘exchange.’ All the evil due to our rebellion met together upon Jesus. That’s the left hand. The right hand is the opposite. That all the good due to the sinless obedience of Jesus might be made available to us… It’s contrary to our natural thinking, we wouldn’t reason it out that way. All the evil due to our rebellion came upon Jesus on the cross that all the good due to his sinless obedience might be made available to us. Or, to say it very shortly, the evil came upon Jesus that the good might be made available to us…

“Now I want to change one word. Instead of saying “us” say “me.” Now it’s very personal, it’s just you and God. You know what they say at the cross? There’s only room for one at the foot of the cross? You’re the one now. You’re looking up at the cross, you see his body beaten, bleeding, a horrifying spectacle, something that you don’t really want even to look at or think about. And then you say this. ‘The evil due to me came upon Jesus that the good due to Jesus might be made available to me.’ That’s right. It’s when you make it personal. Now you may not have felt any change but you have opened the way to the treasure house when you’ve grasped that one central fact…

“Let’s look at some aspects of the exchange. I’ve listed ten. I don’t want you to imagine for a moment that’s complete, it’s just a specimen. You may recall that when the Lord spoke to me through that young woman from Oklahoma he said, ‘Consider the work of Calvary, a perfect work, perfect in every respect, perfect in every aspect.’ So there are respects and there are aspects. We are going to look at ten different aspects of the work of Calvary. Ten different ways to view what God accomplished there by the death of Jesus.

  1. Jesus was punished that we might be forgiven
  2. Jesus was wounded that we might be healed
  3. Jesus was made sin with our sinfulness, that we might be made righteous with His righteousness
  4. Jesus tasted death for us that we might share His life
  5. Jesus was made a curse that we might receive the blessing
  6. Jesus endured our poverty that we might share His abundance
  7. Jesus bore our shame that we might share His glory
  8. Jesus endured my rejection that I might have His acceptance with the Father
  9. He was cut off that we might be joined to the Lord
  10. Our Old Man was put to death in Him that the New Man might come to life in us

[If you’d like more, go to Free Stuff and look for the book entitled The Divine Exchange.]

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Comments

  1. This teaching is a long way short of what happened. The truth of the matter is we were on the cross with and in Him. We died for all those things Derek says, in Christ on that cross. We were slain for all these things Rom6v6.
    Read my blog on “Justified” on http://www.mobilisenow.com . Our salvation is a whole lot better than people think or seem to understand.

    John Alcock.

    • I wouldn’t say a long way short, in the book Derek says this is by no means a complete list. However most preachers mostly only mention forgiveness and a lot of pentecostal prachers talk about healing. But I can still only find one or two talking about freedom from curses. This teaching by Derek is the most complete I have seen so far. I am just about to rad your blog. When Did you write it ?

  2. Thank you Lord God Almighty for Bible scholars like Derek Prince. I’m reading his book entitled, “Life Changing Spiritual Power”, a compendium of six (6) titles, the first one of which is on the ‘Divine Exchange’. What a Savior, Jesus is !!!

    Tevita

  3. Leentjie du Preez says:

    Derek Prince confuses me – in one book he explains how Jesus has accomplished everything, but in other books he explains how we still have to deal with stuff like curses. I read his book Explaining Blessings and Curses. This is just a paragraph out of the book: So you understand that you may be struggling with something in your life right now which is due to your grandfather, or even your great grandfather, or great grandmother, or some other ancestor. You see how important it is to diagnose and identify the problem….

    • I think DP, like most of us, was on a journey towards an increasing understanding of the finished work of the cross. I know I have changed my message considerably over the years as I have learned more about what Jesus accomplished on our behalf.

    • I think you are right Paul, I believe the problem is that we need to begin to see our ID in christ ,I have a brother who is linked to Derek prince ministries and has a ministry in healing and deliverance, and i wont speak for him but i have heard him say in teaching,, how many people keep returning for pray and deliverance time and time again,he always tells them how important it is to know who you are Christ and as the revelation of that comes,the attacks of the enemy fade, the enemy is great at lying and he doesn’t own you but he sure will give you a hard time. on u-tube there are a lot of Derek’s teachings, and i recently was watching one called demonized Christians,and I know thought has changed on this,but I also know from experience that i have been surprised many times,and i dont understand it all,but i know the deception can feel very real.but the more [ truth territory] i take the better it gets……kind of like trying to see in a dark room,and seeing shapes and forms,and turning on the light exposes the deception,I hope i have helped.

  4. I remember when I was first born again,going to the governors club in downtown ft lauderdale, listening to Derek,Bob etc. I remember I was amazed,I had never heard this kinda stuff before,ive said before ,I was raised catholic,and never heard this in the catholic church….I remember going on church picnics, and not wanting to say to much to Derek,because he had a deliverance ministry,and i thought he would see my sins and start on me. How wrong I was,he was a sweetheart, a humble man,.wish I knew then,what i know now. ….. I see Bob Dylan on the previous page,know ill have to read that..I was a big Dylan fan.

  5. Rev. Samson Mwakisu says:

    I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THE COST OF THE CROSS OF JESUS CHRIST SO AS HUMAN BEINGS MAY NOT PLAY WITH THE GRACE OF GOD THROUGH HIS DEAR SON.

    • One Hot Christian! says:

      Amen! Profoundly Amen!This is the only worthwhile comment here,in my honest opinion!

  6. I have read the book “Blessing or Curse: You Choose.” I believe that is a life-changing book that gives revelation to things that can hinder Christians from experiencing all Christ has provided on the cross. Jesus fulfilled the law’s requirements, however; He did not throw out the principles of the law. To give one example – Proverbs 18:21 “Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof.” Jesus has provided freedom from every curse, but if a person’s speech curses their children or their own lives – they are lacking understanding and certainly NOT experiencing the blessing Christ has provided. “Blessing or Curse…” provides this understanding about walking in freedom from every curse, honoring God with our actions, and experiencing His full blessing. There is no contradiction whatsoever with that book and grace.

  7. Paul, I have found that many optimistic grace teachers subscribe more to a Christus Victor view of the atonement, and less of a penal-substitution view, as Mr. Prince appears to be advocating. Where do you stand?

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