Peculiar people

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Being a peculiar people means to be uniquely different than the people of the world by going The Way of Christ who came to serve.

In Titus 2:14[1] and 1 Peter 2:9 [2] we see the words "peculiar people" but the word peculiar is different Greek words. In Titus it is periousios[3] And in 1 Peter it is is only the Greek preposition eis[4] which is normally translated over a thousand times as either into, to, in, unto, or even for but appears another 400 times as other miscellaneous translations.

In 1 Peter 2:9 there is a reference to being a "chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation" if we read Exodus 19:5-6[5] we see the same reference to a people set aside as a peculiar treasure and a kingdom of priests.

A similar reference is seen in Deuteronomy 14:2[6] and in Deuteronomy 26:18[7]

This idea that there is a group of people that is to be a nation of priests is present in the Old and New Testaments but what is a priest?

  • "Bishops, presbyters(Elder) and deacons occupy in the church the same positions as those which were occupied by Aaron, his sons, and the Levites in the temple." Jerome, Ep. 146.

Both the Levites who were the Church in the wilderness appointed by Moses and the early Church appointed by Christ were "called out" to be a peculiar people who were to serve those who would repent and seek the ways of God.

Both the Old and New Testaments had the same message to love God and our neighbor as ourselves in the practice of Pure Religion rather than the covetous practices of Cain, Nimrod, Pharaoh or the Caesars of the world. The different views that we are taught concerning these two testaments of God is the result of the Sophistry of the Pharisees and others including Modern Christians.

God's people are saved by Grace but if they are not doers of the word and do not love an forgive what grace should they expect and is their faith true or is it a lie?[8]

God' people should be "zealous of good works" and have no need to remind people that they are saved by grace and not by their works. Their faith compels them to good works because without those works it is clear their faith is dead.[9]

Reference to "dead works" in Hebrews 6:1[10] is talking about the Sophistry of a ritual sacrifice that failed to attend to the weightier matters and the Corban that made the word of God to none effect. The Modern Christians are often more workers of iniquity than doers of the word.

Abraham, Moses, John the Baptist and Jesus and the early Church advocated a Daily ministration that was dependent on Charity only and it was not like the system of Corban of the Pharisees and Rome.
  • Do you only gather for the comfort it gives you, or do you gather to benefit others?
  • Christ came to serve, not be served. Do you desire to be served or are you coming in His name and according to His character to serve others?

If we desire His Grace but we only love those who love us then there is no Grace because it is clear we do not really believe in Him.

If we do not Repent of our Covetous Practices and are not diligently gathering together in Free Assemblies of Love for all to provide for one another in Charity according to the Perfect law of liberty then we have nothing according to Paul. According to Luke 6:32 if we only love those who love us there is no "Grace". Christ also said if you do not Forgive neither will the Father forgive you.[11]

It is not enough to hate the deeds of the workers of iniquity, but we must return to Thy first love and thy first work. To break the yoke we need to return to the ways of righteousness spoken of in Isaiah 58 which are the ways of Christ and the early Church. And His yoke is light for it is carried by our love of one another.

Abraham, Moses, John the Baptist and Christ all created Networks of charity to care for the true needy of society without force which is how they were able to help set people free. Do you gather with His Church to attend to the Weightier matters as Christ said?

  • Are you gathering in a Network of righteousness?
  • Do you come to love others or just be loved?

Early Christians found themselves in conflict with these systems of social welfare because they made the word of God to none effect. Christians had repented of their covetous nature when they received the Baptism of Christ. They heard and became Doers of the word not hearers only.

Remember Proverbs 12:24, "The hand of the diligent shall bear rule: but the Slothful shall be under Tribute."

We know that liberty under God is not for the covetous who are Biting one another but it is also not for the slothful. If we are not congregating together in free assemblies bound together in a broad network by faith, hope, and charity alone according to the perfect law of liberty then we are not truly seeking the Kingdom of God nor His righteousness.

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Footnotes

  1. : Titus 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
  2. : 1 Peter 2:9 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:
  3. 4041 ~περιούσιος~ periousios \@per-ee-oo’-see-os\@ from the present participle feminine of a compound of 4012 and 1510; adj AV-peculiar 1; 1 1) that which is one’s own, belonging to one’s possessions 1a) a people selected by God from the other nations for his own possession
  4. 1519 ~εἰς~ eis \@ice\@ a primary preposition; prep AV-into 573, to 281, unto 207, for 140, in 138, on 58, toward 29, against 26, misc 322; 1774 1) into, unto, to, towards, for, among ++++ "For" (as used in #Ac 2:38 "for the forgiveness … ") could have two meanings. If you saw a poster saying "Jesse James wanted for robbery," "for" could mean Jesse is wanted so he can commit a robbery, or is wanted because he has committed a robbery. The later sense is the correct one. So too in this passage, the word "for" signifies an action in the past. Otherwise, it would violate the entire tenor of the NT teaching on salvation by grace and not by works.
  5. : Exodus 19:5 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: 6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation. These are the words which thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.
  6. : Deuteronomy 14:2 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.
  7. : Deuteronomy 26:18 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;
  8. 1 John 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.
  9. : James 2:17 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.
    James 2:20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead?
    James 2:26 For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.
  10. Hebrews 6:1 Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
  11. Matthew 6:15 But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.
    Mark 11:26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

Work in progress An examination of Deuteronomy 14:2 http://biblehub.com/interlinear/deuteronomy/14-2.htm

Deuteronomy 14 Interlinear Hebrew litteration Hebrew translation
3588 [e] 2 kî 2 כִּ֣י 2 For 2 Conj 2
5971 [e] ‘am עַ֤ם a people [are] Noun
6918 [e] qā·ḏō·wōš קָדוֹשׁ֙ holy Adj
859 [e] ’at·tāh, אַתָּ֔ה you Pro
3068 [e] Yah·weh לַיהוָ֖ה to the LORD Noun
430 [e] ’ĕ·lō·he·ḵā; אֱלֹהֶ֑יךָ your God Noun ū·ḇə·ḵā

וּבְךָ֞

977 [e] bā·ḥar בָּחַ֣ר has chosen Verb
3068 [e] Yah·weh יְהוָ֗ה the LORD Noun
1961 [e] lih·yō·wṯ לִֽהְי֥וֹת you to be Verb
lōw לוֹ֙ to Prep
5971 [e] lə·‘am לְעַ֣ם people Noun
5459 [e] sə·ḡul·lāh, סְגֻלָּ֔ה a peculiar Noun
3605 [e] mik·kōl מִכֹּל֙ above all Noun
5971 [e] hā·‘am·mîm, הָֽעַמִּ֔ים the nations Noun
834 [e] ’ă·šer אֲשֶׁ֖ר that Prt
5921 [e] ‘al- עַל־ on Prep
6440 [e] pə·nê פְּנֵ֥י .. .. .. Noun
127 [e] hā·’ă·ḏā·māh. הָאֲדָמָֽה׃ the earth Noun