Titus


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.

Original Audience:
     
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.

Purpose
   
 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.


Themes
     
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.

 

​​                                                                                                                  Titus and Philemon The Easy Study Bible Commentary                                                    

Greek Paraphrase


To Titus, my true son, according to our common faith. May you have favor and spiritual blessings in harmony and security from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.


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Titus and Philemon The Easy Study Bible Commentary

Words to understand:


Titus – “nurse” – Gentile Christian and Paul’s companion in some of his journeys​

common –
common; ordinary, belonging to generality; by the Jews, unhallowed, profane, unclean

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, through whom we obtain eternal salvation in the kingdom of God​

Grace –
grace; that which affords joy, pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm, loveliness: grace of speech; good will, loving-kindness, favor; benefit, bounty

peace –
a state of national tranquility; exemption from the rage and havoc of war; peace between individuals, i.e. harmony, concord; security, safety, prosperity, felicity

God –
God the Father

Father –
male ancestor; could be any one from immediate father to distant ancestor​

Christ –
the anointed One, the Messiah

Jesus –
Jehovah is salvation

Savior –
savior, redeemer, deliverer, preserver



Notes:

In verse 4, Paul identifies who he is writing to and asks a special blessing on Titus in the process.



                                                                                Titus and Philemon The Easy Study Bible Commentary

Verse for June 23

     Diagramed

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4 To Titus,
     my true child
          in our common faith.
     Grace and peace
          from God the Father
          and Christ Jesus our Savior.

                    

                                                                                                                                                      Titus 1:4

The Easy Study Bible Diagramed

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.

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4 To Titus, my true child in our common faith. Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
 

                                                                                                                                                     Titus 1:4

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