“Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” – Titus 2:14
There are three points of importance in this blog – purity, being a peculiar people, and being zealous in good works.
That God would purify us is extremely important. Originally we were unclean and detestable in our iniquity. Through redemption he purifies or makes clean. This makes one presentable to enter into his presence to live. Thus begins the possibility of the blessed hope.
Peculiarity implies being beyond the usual or special. It implies being the property of God. It implies that you are His own. You are only His. Your manners and mannerisms uniquely display this. Here is evidence that you are a peculiar people.
Once purified, the redeemed become zealous of good works. Zealousness is seen in one who has warmth of feeling for this. This is dedicated by the heat or passion for it. Works which are good, are works which are approved of by God. They are noted by their beauty. They are valuable or virtuous. There is an intrinsic character indicating their moral quality.