PHBC December 14, 1997

Series: First Peter, Ser. #33

A PECULIAR PEOPLE


Scripture: I Pet. 2:7-10

TEXT: 1 Peter 2:9-10 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: 10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

INTRO: The word peculiar as used in our text is an interesting word, in the light of our use of the word today. Normally when we say someone is peculiar, we mean they are eccentric, strange, or queer. We do use it occasionally in the manner it is used in Scripture, I guess. We say something like this, "That is a problem that is peculiar to that particular model of Ford cars. We mean it is a problem belonging especially to a particular model of Ford.

In our text, Peter is informing these Christians that they are a special people to Godóa people belonging to God in a very special manner and a people who are especially preserved by God. When I saw that the word has the idea of a preserved people I was made to think of what God said to Elijah when he thought he was the only man of God left. 1 Kings 19:18 Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him. When Paul used this passage in Romans he worded it: Romans 11:4-5 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. 5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

God used this word peculiar of Israel a several times. We will look at those in a moment. What an encouragement this must have been to these scattered pilgrims to know that they were not forsaken and would never be forsaken for they were a preserved, reserved, peculiar people to God. And, may I assure you that every child of God falls into this category, be he Jew or Gentile.

A BIBLICAL STUDY OF THE WORD PECULIAR WILL HELP US UNDERSTAND WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A PECULIAR PEOPLE

Israel was told that the nation would be a peculiar treasure to God. 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.

It was used of Israel very much as it is used of all the saved in our text. 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.

They would a holy people just as the saved addressed in our text are called a holy nation.

They were especially chosen of God to be this peculiar people and in our text the saved are called a chosen generation.

This was a choice of God that distinguished them apart from and above all the nations that are upon the earth.

This choice set them apart as Godís on peculiar people just as in our text Godís election of the saved and the oneís who shall surely be saved sets them apart as Godís peculiar people.

The Lord uses it to refer to those whom he has called to be a peculiar people. 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. \

The word avouched in this verse means called.

This calling is a special effectual called. Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

This calling distinguishes and sets apart and secures the salvation of the called. 1 Corinthians 1:23-24 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

Because all are not chosen, all are not called. 1 Corinthians 1:26-28 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called: 27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; 28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are.

Election and calling are Godís way of assuring that man does not take the glory for his own salvation nor the salvation of other. 1 Corinthians 1:29-31 That no flesh should glory in his presence. 30 But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption: 31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.

That those in our text were called of God is evident from an admonition of Peter found in his second letter to these same folks. 2 Peter 1:10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall.

All the saved are partakers of a heavenly calling. Hebrews 3:1 Wherefore, holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession, Christ Jesus.

This call of the chosen to salvation is according to Godís own purpose and grace just as our election is according to Godís own purpose and grace. 2 Timothy 1:8-9 . . . God; 9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began.

When God chooses a nation or individuals to be a peculiar people for his own special treasure, he calls them to be what he has chosen them to be. Psalm 65:4 Blessed is the man whom thou choosest, and causest to approach unto thee, that he may dwell in thy courts: we shall be satisfied with the goodness of thy house, even of thy holy temple.

Again the election of Israel to be Godís own peculiar treasure is proclaimed by the Psalmist. Psalm 135:4 For the LORD hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and Israel for his peculiar treasure.

Solomon used this word peculiar to refer to the treasure that especially belongs to kings. Ecclesiastes 2:8 I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts.

Paul uses the word peculiar in reference to Christ coming to die to redeem a peculiar people for himself. 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.

This peculiar people are called his sheep. John 10:15 As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.

This peculiar people are called his people. Matthew 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.

The word translated peculiar in our text is translated purchased possession in Ephesians. Ephesians 1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

The word peculiar which is used in our text is the last time the word is used in Scripture. 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.

The word in the Greek is peripoiesis {per-ee-poy'-ay-sis} and it is used of a "purchased possession, to obtain, obtaining, saving, peculiar."

As used in the text the word means, "a preserving, a preservation, possession, one's own special property."

WHEN WE ARE CALLED A PECULIAR PEOPLE WE NEED TO KNOW IN WHAT WAY WE ARE HIS PECULIAR PEOPLE

We are his peculiar people because he has chosen us to be such. 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.

We were chosen in Christ before the foundation of the world. Ephesians 1:4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love.

We were chosen to salvation from the beginning. 2 Thessalonians 2:13 But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth.

We are Godís peculiar people because he has purchased us by the blood of his son.

We are his purchased possession. Ephesians 1:14 Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.

We are his redeemed people. 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. Revelation 5:9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation.

We are bought with a price and belong to him. 1 Corinthians 6:20 For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. 1 Corinthians 7:23 Ye are bought with a price; be not ye the servants of men.

We are bought with the precious blood of Godís foreordained lamb, the man Christ Jesus. 1 Peter 1:18-20 Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; 19 But with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot: 20 Who verily was foreordained before the foundation of the world, but was manifest in these last times for you,

We are redeemed by Christ being made a curse in our place. Galatians 3:13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree.

We are his by regeneration. Ephesians 2:1 And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins. John 1:12-13 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: 13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.

We are his by adoption. Ephesians 1:5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, Galatians 4:5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. Romans 8:15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.

We are his by his calling.

He has called us out of darkness into his marvellous light. 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.

He has called us according to his own purpose and grace. 2 Timothy 1:9 Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began. Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

He has called us with a call that assured our justification and glorification. Romans 8:29-30 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

He has called us in a manner that made us willing to come to Christ. Psalm 110:3 Thy people shall be willing in the day of thy power, in the beauties of holiness from the womb of the morning: thou hast the dew of thy youth.

He has called us in a manner that we were made to see Christ as the power and wisdom of God. 1 Corinthians 1:23-24 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; 24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

He has called us and drawn us so that all those given to Christ do come to him. John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out. John 6:44-45 No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day. 45 It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

We are his peculiar people by his preservation.

We saw in defining this word peculiar that it also has in it the idea of preservation.

This is the idea God had in mind when he told Elijah of the seven thousand who had not bowed the knee to Baal. 1 Kings 19:18 Yet I have left me seven thousand in Israel, all the knees which have not bowed unto Baal, and every mouth which hath not kissed him.

This is the idea that Paul had in mind when he referred to this in Romans. Romans 11:4-5 But what saith the answer of God unto him? I have reserved to myself seven thousand men, who have not bowed the knee to the image of Baal. 5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

I thought it interesting that this word reserved is used with reference to the wicked being reserved or preserved for judgment. 2 Peter 2:4 For if God spared not the angels that sinned, but cast them down to hell, and delivered them into chains of darkness, to be reserved unto judgment. 2 Peter 2:17 These are wells without water, clouds that are carried with a tempest; to whom the mist of darkness is reserved for ever. 2 Peter 3:7 But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. Jude 6 And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Jude 13 Raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; wandering stars, to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness for ever.

It means that there is no way of escape for those who die without Christ or for the angels who fell with Lucifer; they are kept for it, reserved for it, preserved for it.

Everyone upon whom God set his electing love is predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, are called by his grace, are justified by faith, and destined to complete glorification at his coming. Romans 8:29-30 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

We are preserved in Christ Jesus. Jude 1 Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called.

We shall be presented faultless before the presence of his glory. Jude 24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.

We shall never perish and are held securely in the hands of Christ and God. John 10:27-30 My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: 28 And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. 29 My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father's hand. 30 I and my Father are one.

We are preserved forever. Psalm 37:28 For the LORD loveth judgment, and forsaketh not his saints; they are preserved for ever: but the seed of the wicked shall be cut off.

We are kept by the power of God. 1 Peter 1:3-5 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, 4 To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you, 5 Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.

WE ARE HIS PECULIAR PEOPLE EVEN THOUGH AT ONE TIME WE WERE NOT A PEOPLE 1 Peter 2:10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God.

There was a time when we Gentiles were so away from God that we were not even considered a people. Deuteronomy 32:21 They have moved me to jealousy with that which is not God; they have provoked me to anger with their vanities: and I will move them to jealousy with those which are not a people; I will provoke them to anger with a foolish nation.

This especially has reference to being the people of God. Romans 9:25-26 As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved. 26 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God. Hosea 2:23 And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.

This means there was a time when the Gentiles were strangers to the covenants of promise and were without God, without Christ and without hope. Ephesians 2:11-12 Wherefore remember, that ye being in time past Gentiles in the flesh, who are called Uncircumcision by that which is called the Circumcision in the flesh made by hands; 12 That at that time ye were without Christ, being aliens from the commonwealth of Israel, and strangers from the covenants of promise, having no hope, and without God in the world.

We are now the peculiar people of God, his special treasure.

This is all according to Godís purpose and plan. Romans 9:25-26 As he saith also in Osee, I will call them my people, which were not my people; and her beloved, which was not beloved. 26 And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people; there shall they be called the children of the living God.

God has graciously visited the Gentiles to take out of them a people for his name therefore, though we were not a people, we are now called the peculiar people of God. Acts 15:14-18 Simeon hath declared how God at the first did visit the Gentiles, to take out of them a people for his name. 15 And to this agree the words of the prophets; as it is written, 16 After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up: 17 That the residue of men might seek after the Lord, and all the Gentiles, upon whom my name is called, saith the Lord, who doeth all these things. 18 Known unto God are all his works from the beginning of the world.

AT ONE TIME NO SAVING, SPECIAL MERCY WAS EXTENDED TO THE GENTILES BUT NOW MANY GENTILES HAVE OBTAINED MERCY

Our obtaining mercy, in one sense, is a gracious fallout of the unbelief of the nation of Israel. Romans 11:30 For as ye in times past have not believed God, yet have now obtained mercy through their unbelief.

Hosea prophesied of this blessed day that has come upon the elect among the Gentiles. Hosea 2:23 And I will sow her unto me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to them which were not my people, Thou art my people; and they shall say, Thou art my God.

CONC: The more I study this epistle, the more I see how blessed we are. We ought not to complain because we are strangers and pilgrims in this world. We ought not to complain because the world hates us. We ought not to complain because the world often rejects our message.

Rejoice in the fact that though we were not a people; we are not the peculiar people of God. I speak of all the saved and all those which shall ever be saved. We were not the objects of Godís mercy but have now obtained mercy. Just look once more at our text and see how blessed we really are. 1 Peter 2:9-10 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: 10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

 

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