Monday, March 23, 2015

The Chaste Virgin

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. (2 Corinthians 11:2)

The Apostle Paul states his goal here in verse 2, that he intends to present the Believers to Messiah, as a chaste virgin. The fact that the espoused Bride-Candidate is a virgin does not say any more about her. From the word 'virgin' we do not know whether she is wise, or foolish; chaste or unchaste; Bride or Bridesmaid. All we know from the word 'virgin' in the spiritual sense, is that she has been Born-Again by being cleansed by the Blood of the Lamb — and has thus identified herself with Yahuweh's people.
But what is a chaste virgin, in this passage? Let's look further. The word translated 'chaste' is the Greek word 'hagnos,' Strong's number <53>. As we look at this word, several things come into view.
First, we see immediately the Strong's number 53 associated with this word. From Prophetic Numbers In Scripture we recall the prophetic meaning of the number '53' in Scripture speaks of entering in. We can surmise from this that those who retain their 'hagnos' status until the end, will indeed enter in.
Next, we see the word 'hagnos' <53> comes from the same root word as the word 'hagios' <40> which means holy, or "set-apart for a special purpose." This set-apart quality is one feature of the virgin that qualifies her as a Bride-Candidate. She has set herself apart from the world, for the sole purpose of being prepared for her Bridegroom. This reminds us of the Bride's commitment of herself to the Bridegroom, which she made early-on in her walk, in accordance with Rom 12:1-2.
Next, we notice in the Strong's Concordance Greek lexicon, that one of the definitions of 'hagnos' <53> is "pure from carnality; Clean." Thus we see from this definition alone that the presence of a carnal condition can remove the 'hagnos' or chaste condition from a Bride-candidate. We will thus include carnal among the kinds of corruption that can disqualify one from being among the Bride-Company.
(Excerpt taken from " bride studies)

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