God’s Peculiar People…

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 6:14-17Stand 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!!!

 

A Royal Priesthood…

There is no greater honor than to be a Christian. Why do I say that? Because that is what God says about us. We are told by that old fisherman Peter in:

1 Peter 2:9… But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light…

God sees us as royal priests. That is indeed a high honor. A priest, we know from studying the Old Testament served God and served people. And that is what we as Christians are to be doing today in this world as we await our Lord Jesus return. We are to be serving God and people.

But Satan, that old snake from the Garden… he likes to whisper in our ears…..sssssooo (see what I did there? :-), you think God really believes that you are a royal priest? Really? After the life you’ve lived… after the stuff you’ve done?

Saints, don’t listen to the lie.

Remember Aaron? Moses older brother. In Exodus 28: 1-2 we read: Then bring near to yourself Aaron your brother, and his sons with him, from among the sons of Israel, to minister as priest to Me—Aaron, Nadab and Abihu, Eleazar and Ithamar, Aaron’s sons.  You shall make holy garments for Aaron your brother, for glory and for beauty.

While Moses was up on Mount Sinai with God getting the ten commandments and instruction on building the tabernacle… God also called out Aaron to be High Priest… to serve God and the people. But at the moment God is giving Moses this instruction, what do we see Aaron doing in the camp, while waiting for Moses to return?

We read in Exodus 32: 1-4… Now when the people saw that Moses delayed to come down from the mountain, the people assembled about Aaron and said to him, “Come, make us a god who will go before us; as for this Moses, the man who brought us up from the land of Egypt, we do not know what has become of him.” Aaron said to them, “Tear off the gold rings which are in the ears of your wives, your sons, and your daughters, and bring them to me.” Then all the people tore off the gold rings which were in their ears and brought them to Aaron. He took this from their hand, and fashioned it with a graving tool and made it into a molten calf; and they said, “This is your god, O Israel, who brought you up from the land of Egypt.”

Incredible. Even while God is appointing Aaron to be High Priest to act as liaison between God and the Israelites… dedicated to serving God all the days of his life… Aaron is leading the people in idol worship with drinking and dancing around the calf. Incredible.

Do you really think that you have done anything more horrible than that? No, I don’t think so.

And that my dear friends, is how gracious, kind and caring our Great God is. That even while we may be in the very act of some evil, horrible thing… God is making plans for us. Because He loves us. And once we have been born again and sealed by the Holy Spirit… God no longer sees us in our sins, but in His Son.

So, don’t believe Satan’s lies. You are a royal priest not because you are worthy of the high calling… but because He is worthy… and gracious. So, go forward in faith… serving God and people… it is indeed a great and high honor! Amen