Summary: If you are to rise up to become all that you can be and all that you are in Christ, recognizing who you are as being the peculiar people is just the beginning. You need to allow that revelation to lead you to consecration. And in consecration you make effort to grow in personal holiness.
The Peculiar People
A Calling to Recognize your Identity and Purpose
"But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a 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: " (1Pe 2:9)
The same apostle who toward the end of his letters to the church wrote about the coming of the Day of God in which the earth will be burned away and the heavens will be set on fire and absolutely dissolved, this apostle who was given such revelation urged us to be holy right in the beginning chapter of this first letter to the church. Then, when he was done admonishing you to be holy in every aspect of life (as God is holy in every way), he lay out the reason to you. In other words the idea is that you will observe holiness in order that you can walk with God to fulfill your purpose.
Man and woman of God, you have a great purpose on this earth. Hear what the Word of God says:
“You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a 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.”
Whatever plans you will be having and what goals you will be setting in your life, this Word must be so ingrained in your mindset that you do not for one moment loose track of what God has prepared for you to be.
You are a chosen generation! Let me tell you what kind of generation you are living in, I want you to see for yourself where we are at right now in the time table of God’s plan.
The Chosen Generation you are in
Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord; And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: (Act 3:19-20)
God gave us His Word at the birth of the church that "When the times of refreshing shall come", He will send Jesus again to earth.
When the times of refreshing shall come!
First of all, notice the word times - "Times of refreshing." It is plural form. So it would be more than one time, more than one form, or more than one movement if you would. Look up the bible dictionary and you will see another word for refreshing is revival. So in other words, God said there would be at different times different forms of revival, or different movement of revival, as some would word it today. And God said when the times of refreshing shall come, when the different forms of revival shall come, then we know Jesus is about to come again.
Let me present this to you and it ought to wake you up and it ought to stir you up. The times of refreshing that the prophecy was talking about had actually already come. First it came the revival of the Word of God, and then it came the revival of the Spirit of God. And this is all in recent history. The revival of the Word of God came first that was through the movement led by Martin Luther which was about 500 years ago. If you study or understand the history of the church, that was the most significant revival in which the church came out of the dark age and broke out of the falsehood of the Catholicism. It was a time of major revival of the Word of God. And then after that it came the time of the revival of the Spirit. Back about 100 years ago, the church came through another major revival which began in Los Angeles of California USA. If you Google on Azusa Street Revival, you will learn about it. It was a time of the major revival of the Spirit and spiritual gifts of God. Some people regard it as the Pentecostal movement. Whether or not you may agree with some of the practices in the Pentecostal movement, at least you can see that it indeed was a significant revival which is still affecting and energizing the church today.
Times of revival has already come, and much growth and movement has evolved since then. Yes, you take heed to this today; there have been times of refreshing for the revival of the Word and the revival of the Spirit. In fact this may well probably be the very same agenda which God had planned out with Jesus back in Matt 17. You can get a glimpse of this at the account of Jesus transfiguration. Do you not remember at the time of Jesus’ transfiguration, when the glory of God was revealed in the display of the coming kingdom, and right there standing before Jesus and talking with Him was Moses and Elijah. Think about it, Moses was the great prophet through whom God gave the Word (the Torah) to His people, and Elijah was the great reformer through whom the power and the gifts of the Spirit was manifested mightily. Now under the new covenant, it makes so much sense to see that in the same way, God has given us the revival of the word and the revival of the spirit, in order to prepare us for the coming of God’s kingdom and the second coming of Jesus.