Titus 2:14, “Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”
Wow! What a title to put upon a people. It’s nice to be called God’s children, the sheep of His pasture, the saints of God and many other things. Yet this word peculiar seems to bring in a different thought to the mind. At first glance we may think of peculiar as something strange. There are many strange acting people abroad in our world today that seem to be peculiar. Yet in our text God is speaking of a different type of peculiar. Surely God would not take pleasure in the believers being a strange people. Soul winning would then be a difficult task. Imagine telling people that when they come to Christ they will become strange.
As “peculiar people” we have a much higher calling upon our lives than just strange. The word peculiar in Titus 2:14 translated from the Greek means “beyond usual or special”. Used in another place with the same regard for His people the word peculiar means acquisition or rather a purchased possession. So with that in mind God’s people are not strange but rather special and far above the average.
This brings us to a glorious thought. Jesus gave Himself in order to buy us from all iniquity or sin. In the process He cleans us up that we might have fellowship with Him and work with zeal for the kingdom of God. Such a cheap price has been put on salvation when professed believers do not have a change of lifestyles and habits. With the giving of His blood at Calvary the experience of salvation could never mean anything less than a new creature. ‘”Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
It is quite an honor to be called a Christian. It is indeed a privilege to be set apart from the lifestyles of this world. It is glorious to be called one of those “Peculiar People”. The Apostle Peter in his first letter to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappodica, Asia, and Bithynia makes reference to the same identification for God’s people.
“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light.” I Peter 2:9
The thought of being a “Peculiar People” gets higher and higher. It is a great comfort to consider who we are, who we belong to, where we have come from, and where we are going. Everybody cannot rejoice in this title. Only those who have been born again and washed in the blood of Jesus.
Perhaps you would ask yourself the following questions today. Have I been liberated from ALL sin? (Have I repented, been baptized in Jesus name and filled with the Holy Ghost?) Have I been purified and brought into fellowship with Jesus Christ? Am I zealous of good works? Does my life show forth the praises of Christ? Am I walking in His marvelous light rather than darkness? If you could answer yes to all of these questions then you are one of those “Peculiar People”. If you could answer yes then please take heed to the words of Jesus as He pleads, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
To many unbelievers God’s people seem to be strange. Nevertheless may you be found at the end of this day not strange but “Peculiar” in God’s sight. – Dennis L. Morgan