I am grateful for theologians who study the Greek language and pass on their insight into the meaning of words. One such theologian Kenneth Wuest, a 20th century Greek Theologian with great insight into God’s word. This blog post is dedicated to him and his insight.
We read in the KJV Titus 2:13-14… 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
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.
God’s children are a peculiar people. Frequently, when we hear that word, it makes us think of something odd or strange- not normal.
But, that is not its use here in Titus 2:14. It is the Greek word: periousios. It is made up of two words, one which means “around,” as a circle, and the other which means “to be.” It can be charted as a dot within a circle.
As God’s peculiar people, God is around each one of His saints. The circle monopolizes the dot, has the dot all to itself. So God has His own all to Himself! That is what it means to be a peculiar people. We are reserved for Him!
But as a peculiar people, being inside the circle of God’s love is also a place of protection. The Bible says in Ephesians 6:14-17… Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
When we walk in the center of God’s will, He who encompasses us, protects us from the flaming arrows- they can’t get through the shield of God’s love and protection for us.
As God’s peculiar people victory over sin is guaranteed when we stay in the center of His will for us!
STAY PECULIAR PEOPLE!!!