“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; 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. Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul” 1 Peter 2:9-11
This is about you. God’s plan is for you. And you are special to God. You did not choose God, but rather, He knows all, everything about you, every thought, every act, both good and bad, and He chose you before the beginning of time. That’s right, regardless of all of your flaws, bad habits, quirks, sins, and failures the Creator of all things chose you. You were created in God’s image. And you have been adopted into His holy family. You are royalty. As a believer in Jesus and born again spiritually here on earth in your human body you are a new spiritual person, an alien.
What does God mean when he says you are “a peculiar people?”
I have come to understand this to mean that we are different from those around us in this world. Born again believers are to no longer be conformed to this world; but rather are being transformed by the renewing of their minds, by the guidance of the Holy Spirit. As we become more like Christ; pride, lust, and the things and desires of the world will no longer be important to us, or have control over us. But instead, “the love of Christ controls us.” And hopefully to the point where we will be considered much different and “peculiar people” to others.
But we must know that even now … as you might still stand before God conformed, and not yet transformed, God sees Jesus when he looks at you. Your sins are forgiven past, present, and future. And wouldn’t Jesus also appear as most peculiar when standing in the midst of mere men?
So the question is; “How do you see yourself?” In your eyes, are you a mere man? Or are you the adopted one of the Saviour and Creator of all things? Are you a chosen one, of a royal family, a saint, peculiar, and set apart by the living God … or do others see you as being pretty much, just like everyone else?
“Let the wicked forsake his way, And the unrighteous man his thoughts; And let him return to the Lord, And He will have compassion on him, And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon. “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” declares the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, So are My ways higher than your ways And My thoughts than your thoughts. “For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth And making it bear and sprout, And furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater; So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” Isaiah 55:7-11
In order for us to have the mind of Christ; and for us to understand God’s purpose and will for our lives we must not only put off our old ways of living; but more importantly, we must put off our old ways of thinking. And this is where most new believers unknowingly follow the path of failure.
Wanting to please God by putting off our old ways is the first step for most new believers. Their desire is to please God, worship Him and do what is right. For me that meant I made a list and set out to change my life. I bought a bible and attended church. And according to my wife, I was a 180 degree different person. I was doing new things, but unfortunately I was still doing things the old way.
That way is quite natural for successful independent thinking people. We receive awards, promotions, encouragement, and all of the best that the world has to offer when we follow that path. Our old ways seem to make things happen. But with the old ways comes failure which leads to blame-shifting, doubt, worry, fear and many evil ways. God’s way is different – God’s results never fail and are always the best results. I can always rest and be at peace there. God has given us a new path, and Jesus brings light upon this new path and only the Holy Spirit must be our guide, helper, teacher, and protector each step of the way. “Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” Psalm 119:105
“Let no man deceive himself. If any man among you thinks that he is wise in this age, he must become foolish, so that he may become wise. For the wisdom of this world is foolishness before God. For it is written, “He is the one who catches the wise in their craftiness”; and again, “The Lord knows the reasonings of the wise, that they are useless.” 1 Corinthians 3:18-20
But “God’s ways are not man’s ways and God’s thoughts are not man’s thoughts” and putting off our old ways in itself is not enough. We cannot put on “the mind of Christ” and “become the righteousness of God in Him” the same old way, with our mind of flesh still programed and guided by feelings, experiences and the teachings of men. Only the Holy Spirit can transform our mind, God’s way.
“And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” Romans 12:2
“I have been crucified with Christ; and it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself up for me. I do not nullify the grace of God, for if righteousness come through the Law, then Christ died needlessly.” Galatians 2:20-21
Righteousness does not come by following the law but rather by being controlled by the love of Christ and by the leading of the Holy Spirit.
For who has known the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct Him? But we have the mind of Christ. 1 Corinthians 2:16
Are you A Peculiar Person?
Grace and Peace to you my friends,
Bob West – Geezerdust2020©