As a Chaste Virgin to Christ ___________________________________________________________________
"Would to God ye could bear with me a little in my folly: and indeed bear with me. For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ. For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him." (2Cor.11:1-4)
0. Paul goes back to the first Marriage (Gen.2:18-25; 3:1-24, 2Cor.11:1-4, Eph.5:21-32) A. He quotes directly from Genesis, "...as the serpent beguiled Eve..." (Gen.3:1-24, 2Cor.11:3) B. Again he quotes from Genesis "...for we are members of his body, of his flesh
Why be a chaste virgin? Is because The Lord Jesus Christ cannot be unequally yoked in marriage! (2Cor.6:14-18)
I. The first Eve was a chaste virgin.(Gen.1:26-28) Mary was a chaste virgin. (Matt.1:18, Luke.1:34) The Church shall be a "chaste virgin." (2 Cor.11:1-4, Eph.4:10-16; 5:21-32) Any involvement (friendship) with the wisdom of this world (1John.2:16) is spiritual adultery. (James.4:4) which (according to the Levitical pattern of Marriage Deut.24:1, Lev.21:10-15, Matt.5:17-19, Heb.3:1) will disqualify us from being His Bride. It is only
God's unadulterated inspired patterns and Laws that Jesus did NOT destroy (Matt.5:17-19) will present us as a chaste virgin to Christ. (2Tim.3:16-17) It is not "philosophy (i.e. specially), Jewish sophistry [which is the use of fallacious arguments, Eng. Dict.] especially with the intention of deceiving. (Col.2:2:6-9, 1Cor.1:19-29; 2:2:1-14)
A. Chaste - Strong's Con. NT# 53 from the same as G40; properly, clean, i.e. (figuratively) innocent, modest, perfect:—chaste, clean, pure.
B. Virgin - Strong's Con. NT# 3933 of unknown origin; a maiden; by implication, an unmarried daughter:—virgin.
C. The Law of Marriage for the High Priest - The High Priest under the Old Covenant could only "take a wife in her virginity. A widow, or a divorced woman, or profane, or an harlot, these shall he not take: but he shall take a virgin of his own people to wife. Neither shall he profane his seed among his people: for I the Lord do sanctify him." (Lev.21:13-15) 1. Jesus "our High Priest"(Heb.3:1; 9:7-10) fulfills this law of marriage (Lev.21:10-15, Matt.5:17-19) He can only marry marry a chaste virgin or He would be unequally yoked. (2Cor.6:14-18) a "virgin" (Church 2Cor.11:1-4) b. Every one "jot" and tittle will be fulfilled (Matt.5:17-19)
4. No divorced woman - More to come on this thought
5. No profane woman - More to come on this thought
6. No Harlots - A primitive root [highly fed and therefore wanton]; to commit adultery (usually of the female, and less often of simple fornication, rarely of involuntary ravishment); figuratively, to commit idolatry (the Jewish people being regarded as the spouse of Jehovah):—(cause to) commit fornication, × continually, × great, (be an, play the) harlot, (cause to be, play the) whore, (commit, fall to) whoredom, (cause to) go a- whoring, whorish.