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
Are Christians peculiar people? Should we be? What does peculiar mean in this context? Jesus purchased us with His blood so that we would not be subject to the wrath of God, the Father. Jesus took on our sins–He bore our iniquities. In exchange, we were redeemed for all iniquity and set apart to become His own special possession. We belong to Him. He purchased us with His blood (Acts 20:28). Jesus died for everyone but we become a peculiar people when we accept Him as a Lord and Savior and live in obedience to Him. In love and gratitude for His great sacrifice on our behalf, we surrender our lives to Him. We become His hands and feet to the rest of the world, sowing the seeds of His love so that they take root, transforming lives.
The apostle Peter calls us a peculiar people, “a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light” (1 Peter 2:9). We are God’s special people, redeemed, purified, chosen, eager to do good works which would bring praises and glory to Him who called us out of the darkness in which our sins held us captive and into His marvellous light which is His truth.
We are peculiar in the sense that we are no longer under the sway of the world, we are in it but not of it, like Jesus was. We no longer do the things that had separated us from God. We are living as children of obedience now and of light. We have been transformed by the renewing of our minds because we are now doing that which is good, acceptable and perfect will of God (Romans 12:2).
The world doesn’t subscribe to our way of thinking–we love our friends and our enemies while they love their friends and hate their enemies. Yes, to them, we are peculiar but to God, we are perfect because we reflect His character (Matthew 5:48).