Expressions of Faith: Peculiar people

Dr. Monterey D. Lee, Sr.

“Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works,” Titus 2:14.

How would you explain the word ‘peculiar’ in today’s key verse? Strong’s Concordance defines it as “being beyond usual, i.e. special (one’s own).” What would classify a person as beyond usual? Would it be their way of living or their manner of dress? Does identifying only with a certain group of people make an individual beyond usual? Your place of employment? The place you reside in? Let us take a closer look at the verse, paying attention to the individual words and phrases. Notice that Christ “gave Himself for us” (freely) for a certain reason—to “redeem us from all “iniquity” (sin) and to “purify unto Himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” If His work has truly produced these results in us, does that not make us a special people who are chosen and beyond usual as the elect of God?

Let us consider our own human tendencies. What is our natural response to an irate person? What if our house is broken into and valuables are stolen? What would you do to protect you and your family? What if the devil presents an opportunity to indulge in secret sin? If we are living for ourselves as most people do, we will respond in the same usual way that we do with anger, rage, and envy.

“But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you our of darkness into His marvelous light,” 1 Peter 2:9.

What is the response of truly dedicated, blood-bought saints that are God’s own? Their response is beyond usual! They turn the other cheek. They trust God as their protection, pray, meditate, read the word of God, and stay in His presence. They resist the devil’s temptations and flee from evil. They are humble, giving all honor to God. It is all because Christ is living within! “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them,” Ephesians 2:10.

Never allow your life to be ruled by evil spirits that come to remove Christ out of your life. Stay humble, dedicated, and committed—the righteous life!