In Titus 2:14 and 1 Peter 2:9  we see the words "peculiar people" but the word peculiar is different Greek words. In Titus it is periousios And in 1 Peter it is is only the Greek preposition eis 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 we see the same reference to a people set aside as a peculiar treasure and a kingdom of priests.
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. They organized themselves in tens as Christ commanded.
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' 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.
Reference to "dead works" in Hebrews 6:1 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.
- Where do you find the Daily ministration of the early Church, the Pure Religion of James and the Corban of Jesus?
- Are you following The Way through Love of one another or the way of the world and the Fathers of the earth?
- Do you seek the benefits of bankrupt nations, or do you forgive and seek the benefits of Christ's appointed Kingdom?
- 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 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.
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?
- Are your Congregations' gatherings fruitful enough so that no one has to pray to Benefactors who exercise authority one over the other?
- Does anyone in your Free Assemblies have to apply to the Fathers of the earth, or seek their many benefits?
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.
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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- : 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.
- : 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:
- 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
- 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.
- : 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.
- : 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.
- : 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;
- 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.
- : 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.
- 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,
- 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|
|3068 [e]||Yah·weh||לַיהוָ֖ה||to the LORD||Noun|
|430 [e]||’ĕ·lō·he·ḵā;||אֱלֹהֶ֑יךָ||your God||Noun|| ū·ḇə·ḵā
|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|
|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|
|6440 [e]||pə·nê||פְּנֵ֥י||.. .. ..||Noun|
|127 [e]||hā·’ă·ḏā·māh.||הָאֲדָמָֽה׃||the earth||Noun|