But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood,
an holy nation, a PECULIAR people; that you
should show forth the praises of Him who has
called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
We get our privileged new position in Christ as Peculiar people because He called, saved, delivered, transferred or transported us from the kingdom of darkness( Sin and anything that has the appearance of sin) into His marvelous light (righteous and transparent living).
Once we are in the light, the light exposes the dirt and sinful lifestyle of our past with strong commandments from our savior to live the new lifestyle in the kingdom of light that will reflect the character of God. This lifestyle is completely opposite to the sinful way of life so much that the world sees you as awkward and strange with distinct character from all others.
www.dictionary.com defines peculiar as belonging solely to an individual, not possessed with others, not owned in common with others. We belong distinctively and solely to God.
The word peculiar as used in 1 Peter 2:9 denotes a people for God’s own possession, a special possession or property. The church is the “property” of God. His “purchased possession” (Ephesians 1:14).
Titus 2:11-14 say that the grace of God that bring salvation appeared to all men with the intent that God will redeem us from all iniquity and unrighteousness and purify unto Himself a “PECULIAR PEOPLE” whose lifestyle will be looked upon as bizarre, strange, extraordinary, exceptional, unique, peculiar even radical in the eyes of the world.
That’s because we are God’s property and must and should live this unique way of life.
It is through this unique way of life that we shine as lights in the world and live as the salt of the earth and most importantly impart the world with the truth and the character of God.