The Books of the New Testament
The Book of Titus
Brief Summary. The Apostle Paul wrote to
Titus an epistle to help him in leading the church against false teaching, and
how to lead the church, as well as Christian living.
Greek: Titon, To
Author: Paul (Saul)
Place: Titus in
General Theme: The
proper traits of a church - sound doctrine and good works.
of Crete. Paul left Titus in Crete to care for the churches there. Requirements
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Titus. "THIS Epistle of Paul to Titus is much of the same nature
with those to Timothy; both were converts of Paul, and his companions in labours
and sufferings; both were in the office of evangelists, whose work was to water
the churches planted by the apostles, and to set in order the things that were
wanting in them: they were vice-apostles, as it were, working the work of the
Lord, as they did, and mostly under their direction, though not despotic and
arbitrary, but with the concurring exercise of their own prudence and judgment,
1 Corinthians 16:10,12. We read much of this Titus, his titles, character, and
active usefulness, in many places--he was a Greek, Galatians 2:3. Paul called
him his son (Titus 1:4), his brother (2 Corinthians 2:13), his partner and
fellow-helper (2 Corinthians 8:23), one that walked in the same spirit and in
the same steps with himself. He went up with the apostles to the church at
Jerusalem (Galatians 2:1), was much conversant at Corinth, for which church he
had an earnest care, 2 Corinthians 8:16. Paul's second epistle to them, and
probably his first also, was sent by his hand, 2 Corinthians
8:16-18,23,9:2-4,12:18. He was with the apostle at Rome, and thence went into
Dalmatia (2 Timothy 4:10), after which no more occurs of him in the scriptures.
So that by them he appears not to have been a fixed bishop; if such he were, and
in those times, the church of Corinth, where he most laboured, had the best
title to him. In Crete (now called Candia, formerly Hecatompolis, from the
hundred cities that were in it), a large island at the mouth of the Ęgean Sea,
the gospel had got some footing; and here were Paul and Titus in one of their
travels, cultivating this plantation; but the apostle of the Gentiles, having on
him the care of all the churches, could not himself tarry long at this place. He
therefore left Titus some time there, to carry on the work which had been begun,
wherein, probably, meeting with more difficulty than ordinary, Paul wrote this
epistle to him; and yet perhaps not so much for his own sake as for the
people's, that the endeavours of Titus, strengthened with apostolic advice and
authority, might be more significant and effectual among them. He was to see all
the cities furnished with good pastors, to reject and keep out the unmeet and
unworthy, to teach sound doctrine, and instruct all sorts in their duties, to
set forth the free grace of God in man's salvation by Christ, and withal to show
the necessity of maintaining good works by those who have believed in God and
hope for eternal life from him." - Matthew Henry (Read
Outline of the Book of Titus (Scriptures and Topics Covered)
Church Organization - Chapter 1
Church Living - Chapter 2
Pastoral Ministry - Chapter 3
Questions for further study.
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