“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 KJV).
In the ancient times, especially in the eastern countries, it was a common practice to employ men who have been castrated to have the charge or care of the bed-chambers in palaces and larger houses, particularly in the apartments of the queens and princesses.
The eastern kings only entrusted the care of their queens, concubines, and princesses to eunuchs who they know are incapable of violating or abusing them sexually. The eunuchs were often the most trusted servants of the kings. They were often referred to as “the custodians of women” (Esth. 1:10-11; 2:3).
All the young beautiful virgins sought for King Ahasuerus so that he may choose a replacement for the deposed Queen Vashti were first put under the custody of Hegai the king’s eunuch for twelve months (Esth. 2:2-3).
Hegai was called “the custodian of the women”, and was entrusted with the responsibility of preparing the young and beautiful virgins for the king.
In a spiritual sense, God’s servants today are trusted eunuchs in God’s kingdom. They could rightly be referred to as “the custodians of the bride of Christ.”
The primary responsibility of God’s servants today is very similar to that of Hegai the King Ahasuerus’ eunuch. Every true servant of God today, like Hegai, is charged with the responsibility of preparing and presenting a chaste, holy, spotless and glorious bride to Christ at His return (Eph. 5:27).
Understanding his responsibility as one of the custodians of the bride of Christ, Apostle Paul writes to the Christians at Corinth, saying, “For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.” (2 Cor. 11:2 NKJV).
Paul also writes to the Christians at Colossae, saying about Christ “Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus. To this end I also labor, striving according to His working which works in me mightily.” (Col. 1:28-29 NKJV).
How did Paul intend to achieve this goal?
By simply preaching Jesus Christ!
By teaching the gospel of the grace of God!
Like Paul, presenting the believers as a chaste virgin or a pure bride to Christ should be the ultimate goal, passion, and pursuit of every servant of God. Sadly, this is not the goal, passion and pursuit of many servants of God in our days.
Rebuking the Galatians Church for turning away from the gospel of grace of the Lord Jesus, Paul said in Galatians 1:
6 I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel,
7 which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ.
8 But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. (NKJV).
Similarly, Paul rebukes the Corinthians Church for embracing and putting up with false teachers and apostles in 2 Corinthians 11, saying,
3 But I fear, lest somehow, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, so your minds may be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
4 For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted–you may well put up with it! (NKJV).
Apparently, if Paul were to be alive today he would undoubtedly rebuke today’s Church for supporting, embracing, or putting up with false ministers who preach another Jesus and teach another gospel.
The minds of many believers today have been corrupted and led astray from a sincere and pure devotion to Jesus Christ because of the teaching of false ministers who preach and promote themselves, and teach “another gospel” which is based on the works of the law and not on the finished work of Jesus on the cross.
Unlike Paul who wholly betrothed “the bride of Christ” entrusted to his care to only one husband, the Lord Jesus Christ, many servants of God today have betrothed, espoused, or married the believers (the bride of Christ) placed in their custody to many husbands, lords, or masters, thereby defiling the bride of Christ (2 Cor. 11:2).
Sadly, many servants of God today appointed to be custodians of the bride of Christ are now subtly wooing, courting, or romancing the bride of Christ, thereby defrauding, defiling, or violating the bride of Christ placed in their custody.
These servants of God have subtly shifted or directed the love, devotion and commitment of the believers in their custody from Jesus and His Kingdom towards themselves and the empires they are building.
Beloved, any servant of God who is not always preaching Jesus Christ to you cannot present you as a pure bride to Christ. Similarly, any servant of God who is not constantly teaching or proclaiming to you the gospel of grace of the Lord Jesus cannot present you as a chaste virgin to the Lord Jesus.
Therefore, don’t support, accept, embrace, or put up with any servant of God who is only preaching and proclaiming himself to you and not Jesus Christ, and the law given through Moses and not the grace and truth which came through Jesus Christ (John 1:17).
Friend, if you have been betrothed or espoused by any carnal servant of God to another husband, lord, or master other than the Lord Jesus Christ; rise up today to renounce the ungodly relationship and disentangle yourself from the yoke of bondage (Gal. 5:1-3).
As a bride of Christ, your love, devotion, affection, or commitment must be purely towards your Husband, Lord or Master – Jesus Christ. Therefore, don’t let anyone defile, defraud, or distract you from a sincere and pure devotion to the Lord Jesus Christ.
Prayer: My Dear Heavenly Father, I give You praise for choosing me as a bride for Christ. Dear Holy Spirit, Help and teach me to keep myself as a chaste virgin for my Lord Jesus, in Jesus’ name. Amen.