"Peculiar"

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.


The study of the Bible is the study of language. God has chosen to reveal Himself to us through the means of language. God originally made choice of the Hebrew and Greek language to reveal his written truth to mankind. Since then, he has been pleased to bless the translation of His word into many other languages.


This section will be designed to glean Wisdom from the Words of the Holy Bible, in its Greek and Hebrew context.



The Bible declares that God's people are a "peculiar" people. When we think of the word peculiar we think of that which is odd, or weird. This is not the meaning of the word peculiar here.


The Greek manuscript form of the word (The actual word found in your Greek NT) is


περιούσιον

periousion


The Greek lemma (dictionary form) used here for peculiar is


περιούσιος

periousios






Here we have a special and a specially chosen people who are

adapted to or

reserved for

a particular purpose.



Titus 2:14 is the only place where this particular word is found in the entire

New Testament!


This Greek work is actually a compound word, meaning it is composed of two Greek words joined together. Those words are:


1. περί - pĕri, (per-ee´) - meaning "around"


and


2. εἰμί ĕimi, (i-mee) - Meaning "to be"





Kenneth Wuest describes the understanding of this word by giving us a picture.




We are His special treasure
Captured By Christ


Wuest indicates that "as the circle is around the dot, so God is around each one of His saints. The circle monopolizes the dot, and has the dot all to itself. So God has His own all to Himself. They are his own private, unique possession. He has reserved them for Himself.


I Thessalonians 1:1 has the same idea


1 Thessalonians 1:1

Paul, and Silvanus, and Timotheus, unto the church of the Thessalonians which is in God the Father and in the Lord Jesus Christ: Grace be unto you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ.


So then, as you can see, this is a place of unique and precious privilege. That word "precious" brings to mind another verse and another thought....


Look at I Peter 2:7-9


1 Peter 2:7–9

7 Unto you therefore which believe he is precious: but unto them which be disobedient, the stone which the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner, 8 And a stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed. 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: