Author and Date Written
The letter itself claims that Paul was the author. He wrote the letter after he was released from the Roman imprisonment described at the end of Act. That would make it around 63AD.
Titus, Paul’s trusted friend who was on the island of Crete. Titus was basically Paul’s representative there on Crete. He was one of Paul’s early Gentile converts and was probably from Antioch of Syria.
Paul wrote to Titus, his representative on the island of Crete to accomplish several objectives. First, Paul wanted to encourage Titus in his own personal Christian growth. Second, Paul was giving Titus instructions about church organization, particularly congregational officers and various age groups. Third, Paul wanted Titus to come to Nicopolis to spend the winter with him.
Teachings about God
Paul uses the phrase “God our Savior” three times in this short letter. Also, the phrase, “Christ Jesus our Savior” is in there twice. Then they are combined in 2:13, “our great God and Savior Jesus Christ.” This last statement is one of the strongest statements of the deity of Christ in the Bible.
There is only one direct reference to the Holy Spirit in 3:5 is talking about the Holy Spirit’s role in the regeneration of sinners.
Sound doctrine: Paul stressed that sound teaching is crucial as the cure for false teaching.
Elders: Paul dealt with the maturity and respect that church leaders must have.
The importance of good works.
Titus is sometimes referred to as a Manual for Church Conduct and Living the Christian Life.
Words to study
Paul – Paul or Paulus = “small or little” – Paul was the most famous of the apostles and wrote a good part of the NT, the 14 Pauline epistles (letters); Paulus was a deputy or pro-consul of Cyprus and is said to be a prudent man, in the management of affairs, as a governor (different man)
slave – a slave, bondman, man of servile condition; devoted to another to the disregard of one’s own interests; a servant, attendant
apostle – a delegate, messenger, one sent forth with orders; specifically applied to the twelve apostles of Christ; in a broader sense applied to other eminent Christian teachers
faith – conviction of the truth of anything; fidelity, faithfulness; the character of one who can be relied on; belief in the NT of a conviction or belief respecting man’s relationship to God and divine things, generally with the included idea of trust and holy fervor born of faith and joined with it: relating to God, the conviction that God exists and is the creator and ruler of all things, the provider and giver of eternal salvation through Christ: relating to Christ, a strong and welcome conviction or belief that Jesus is the Messiah
eternal – without beginning and end, that which always has been and always will be; never to cease, everlasting
life – life; the state of one who is possessed of vitality or is animate; every living soul
time – a measure of time, a larger or smaller portion of time, hence; a fixed and definite time, the time when things are brought to crisis, the decisive epoch waited for; opportune or seasonable time; the right time; a limited period of time; to what time brings, the state of the times, the things and events of time
revealed – to make manifest or visible or known what has been hidden or unknown, to manifest, whether by words, or deeds, or in any other way; make actual and visible, realized; to make known by teaching; to become manifest, be made known; expose to view, make manifest, to show one’s self, appear; to become known, to be plainly recognized, thoroughly understood who and what one is
word – a word, uttered by a living voice, embodies a conception or idea; what someone has said; decree, mandate or order; the act of speaking, speech; doctrine, teaching
proclamation – that which is proclaimed by a herald or public crier, a proclamation by herald; in the NT the message or proclamation of the heralds of God or Christ
entrusted – to think to be true, to be persuaded of, to credit, place confidence in; to entrust a thing to one, i.e. his fidelity; to be entrusted with a thing
commandment – an injunction, mandate, command
Savior – savior, redeemer, deliverer, preserver
If we are to believe the opening of this letter, then it is very clear that Paul was the author. Paul tells us who he is, who he represents and how all in the first verse.
Also, Paul adds a little more to this greeting which shows what he’s going to be talking about later. He is stressing “the knowledge of the truth” and that it must be “according to godliness.”
He’s giving a little hint here of things to come in the rest of the letter.
In these first three verses, Paul identified himself and gave the nature of God’s salvation all in a small space.
It’s an absolutely certain promise from God Who cannot lie.
It’s an infinitely rich promise. Eternal life or eternal well-being.
It’s a very old promise. “Before time began.”
God is called "our Savior," as is Christ Jesus. "God" here refers to the Father. Jesus did the work of salvation by dying for our sins, and, therefore, he is our Savior. God planned the work of salvation, and he forgives our sins. Both the Father and the Son acted to save us from our sins.
Titus and Philemon The Easy Study Bible Commentary
Paul, a bond servant of God and a specially chosen messenger of Jesus Christ, the Messiah, selected and sent to stimulate and promote the faith and knowledge of God's chosen people so they will have the truth that leads to godliness, which is based on the hope and divine guarantee of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before the world began. At His own appointed time, He made His message known through preaching, which was entrusted to me according to the command of God our Savior.
Titus and Philemon The Easy Study Bible Commentary
In Chapter One, Paul tries to accomplish five objectives.
One: Paul identifies himself as the author and stresses why he should be the one who is writing these things to Titus.
Two: He is telling Titus why he sent him there in the first place
Three: He gives Titus the qualifications for those who would be ordained in the ministry.
Four: He cautions Titus to be careful who he chooses because of the character of the Cretans.
Five: He charges Titus to discipline those who need it.
Verse for June 16
1 Paul, a slave of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the faith of God's elect and the knowledge of the truth that is according to godliness, 2 in the hope of eternal life that God, who cannot lie, before time began, 3 and in His own time revealed His word, in the proclamation that I was entrusted with according to the commandment of God our Savior,
a slave of God
and an apostle of Jesus Christ,
for the faith of God's elect
and the knowledge of the truth
that is according to godliness,
2 in the hope of eternal life
who cannot lie,
before time began,
3 and in His own time revealed His word,
in the proclamation
that I was entrusted with
to the commandment of God our Savior,
The Easy Study Bible Diagramed
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