I Peter 2:9 (KJV) “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a PECULIAR PEOPLE…”
Titus 2:14 (KJV) “Who gave Himself for us that He might redeem us from all iniquity and purify unto Himself, a PECULIAR PEOPLE…”
As true believers in Jesus Christ, as our personal Lord and Savior, we are referred to in these scriptures as peculiar people.
The dictionary defines the word peculiar as of only one person, thing, etc. Particular; special; odd or strange.
We can better understand the Biblical meaning of this word by looking at the amplified Bible translation of I Peter 2:9 and Titus 2:14.
I Peter 2:9 (Amp) “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a dedicated nation. God’s own purchased, special people…”
Titus 2:14 (Amp) “Who gave Himself on our behalf that He might redeem us (purchase our freedom) from all iniquity and purify for Himself a people – to be peculiarly His own.”
What make us peculiar is two facts:
- We have been purchased by God as a special people, belonging to Him and no one else.
- We are different by what we are to be doing in our everyday lives.
I Peter 2:9 (Amp) “God’s own purchased, special people, that you may set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.”
We are different from other people in this world because we show others the wonderful deeds and we display the virtues and perfections of Jesus.
That sets us apart from other people who do not know Jesus as Lord and Savior.
Titus 2:14 (Amp) “…for Himself a people – to be peculiarly His own – (people who are) eager and enthusiastic about (living a life that is good and filled with) beneficial deeds.”
We are different from other people in this world because we are eager and enthusiastic about living a life that is good and filled with beneficial deeds.
Being a peculiar person will set you apart from unbelievers in this world. You are meant to stand out by all those things we just have seen that we are to be doing.
No wonder Jesus said in His Sermon on the Mount, recorded in Matthew 5:14-16 “You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle and put it under a bushel; but on a candlestick; and it gives light unto all that are in the house. Let you light so shine before men that they may SEE your good works and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
As a peculiar people, set apart by God as His own, our light will shine for all to see as we do what makes us peculiar people:
- We set forth the wonderful deeds and display the virtues and perfections of Jesus.
- We are eager and enthusiastic about living a life that is good and filled with beneficial deeds.
Being a peculiar person, set apart by God, is not a title but a lifestyle.
If you display the virtues and perfections of Jesus; if we are eager and enthusiastic about going about doing good and perform deeds that are beneficial to others we will stand out.
We become the light of God in a dark world. Light in Jesus’ day was fire. Light attracts; light reveals and fire purifies.
Make the decision to do what we need to do and you will be peculiar. You will attract those who are lost. You will reveal the darkness in this world. You will show the way for others who have lost their way.
- Pastor Jim