thus “peculiar people”, Titus 2:14. According to a deeper root translation a more accurate meaning for “peculiar people” should be considered as a people wherein God had a superlative, propriety interest above and beyond the common interest of all other nations of the world. Therefore, the most accurate translation should rather be “His treasured people.”
Peripoiesis, pronounced per-ee-poy’-ay-sis; means “purchased, or possession. A people for the Lord’s own possession; a people who are His very own”.
I Peter 2:9,10 declared, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:”
“Which in times past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy”.
Each one of the Scriptures of the Old Testament reveals God’s given commandments unto His people prior to them being called peculiar. Peculiar people are required to faithfully keep and observe the Lord’s ordinances; they are the chosen holy people of God, favored over all the nations of the earth.
Another Hebrew word for peculiar is cuwr, (pronounced, soor); it renders the meaning “of the Temple” (Exodus 19:5). This indicates the meaning of God’s ownership or property; His holy possession. Our body is the Temple of the Lord where He inhabits, dwells, or abides. The Oxford Desk Dictionary and Thesaurus (American Edition) defines peculiar as “strange; odd; unusual; exclusively belonging to the individual as particular; special”.
There are earthly peculiar descriptions (kinds, or types), heavenly peculiar descriptions, and natural, earthly representations that possess heavenly qualities. For example, there are earthly vessels that have spiritual significance for ministry, and there are individuals who have been set aside by God for spiritual purposes as well; called and chosen as peculiar people for heavenly duties.
To some, there are also natural things on this earth that are considered peculiar. These natural elements include fine art, precious stones, metals, or jewelry. There are also pieces of curious works that are considered odd, unusual and special; however, people are considered odd or strange to others if there are things they say and do that may be out of the norm. Depending on the terminology one uses; whether it is the word odd, unusual, or strange, these terms render the same basic meaning and are synonyms of the word peculiar. Nevertheless, God’s people, the holy remnant, are not associated with a negative light in relation to the term peculiar. Everywhere in the Bible where the word peculiar is mentioned in the Scripture, (including its Hebrew and Greek translations as rendered) it refers to God’s elect people as “purchased possessions, personal property, or treasured possessions of the Lord”.
Biblically speaking, as it pertains to the term peculiar, the only people...