“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:” 1 Peter 2:9 (KJV)
So, what makes you peculiar? I know what made God’s people, according to Scripture, and the truth then holds true for now.
“Now therefore, if ye will obey My voice indeed, and keep My covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto Me above all people: for all the earth is Mine:” Ex 19:5 (KJV)
“And the Lord hath avouched thee this day to be His peculiar people, as He hath promised thee, and that thou shouldest keep all His Commandments;” Deut 26:18 (KJV)
The point needs to be made clear, God “still” does have a “peculiar” people and peculiar is defined in this way: “strange or odd; unusual, belonging exclusively to”. So, the question, again, is what makes you peculiar in the eyes of God and in the eyes of man?
God separated for Himself a people out of all the other nations of the world and gave them a “covenant”, His “Ten Commandments” which would make them separate and “peculiar” than all the people in the world. In fact, this is how they would be separate from others.
“For thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God, and the Lord hath chosen thee to be a peculiar people unto Himself, above all the nations that are upon the earth.” Deut 14:2 (KJV)
It helps to be “chosen” by God. Once you are “chosen” then your lifestyle is different than any other groups of people on the planet, as according to the covenant and Commandments, which defines who you are to God and regarding “others”, whether it be the world, which comprises heathen or what we would consider non-Christian as well as those considered “Christian”, because not all are the same. I had a discussion with a young man the other day who stated because we are “all” in the Christian body, we are the same. He didn’t like the word, “denomination”, and I had to make it very clear we are NOT all the same, and God “denominated” His people from others so they would stand out and be separate.
Most Christians have a problem with the word, “denomination”, and I don’t know why. They will often use this statement, “God did not bring about denominations and it is not in the Bible.” Well, I beg to differ. It might not have been a “word” used in the Scriptures, but it is certainly what God brought about. The word “denomination” is simply defined as this: “A religious denomination is a subgroup within a religion that operates under a common name, tradition, and identity.” Nothing wrong with being called by a “common name”. Nothing wrong with have a standard, (tradition), and surely nothing wrong with being “identified” as being “peculiar”. God brought about all these things, but it is the devil who would have you think it is wrong! Think about it, he wants us to “join with the crowd” and not be separate when it comes to following him, but I choose to follow God, which will make me different than most others, regardless if they’re considered the “world” or “Christian”.
“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 (KJV)
The Bible is clear. They, those who are “peculiar” would be “zealous” of “doing” good works. What could be more in line with God than doing the works He has “commanded” us to do?
So, you claim to be a “believer”, but what makes you “peculiar” from others who claim to be believers? What are you doing which is different from everyone else. Let’s examine a few “good works” to see if you qualify as being a “peculiar” person living unto God.
The world follows in keeping with Sunday worship. God’s “peculiar” people will keep God’s Sabbath which is Saturday. Are you peculiar or not?
God “peculiar” people do not eat just anything because they desire to do so. They’ve designed their peculiarity by not eating shellfish, pork or other unclean meat. In fact, their desire is to return to the original diet given man as per God’s direction. Besides, it is healthier. Are you peculiar or not?
God’s “peculiar” people didn’t bother themselves with the feasts, holidays of the heathen and pagan world. And let me clarify what some of them are: Christmas, Easter, Valentine’s, and Halloween. The biggest one being sun-worship or worshipping on Sunday. Do you?
God’s peculiar people are involved in separating themselves from those who dress differently. They listen and watch differently than the world. Are you peculiar in any of these areas? So, what would constitute you being “peculiar” from not only the world in general but the general masses who call themselves “His” people? Could it be maybe you are not so “peculiar” after all? And if not, why not? Is it because you have decided these things really don’t matter or they were given to a particular group of people which is not you, because if you are thinking in this way, you’ve just disqualified yourself from being considered “peculiar” or God’s people at all!
God has given us His example of what constitutes being a “peculiar” people in how “literal” Israel conducted their lives and “spiritual” Israel, which we should be, need to continue doing the same, without any deviation, otherwise, how would it be determined you are different from not only the world but general church-going people anyway?
Once you have examined yourself and can see you’re not as “peculiar” as you thought you might be, now you have a choice. Will you be, or not?
May 2, 2016