The Letter to Titus or Epistle to Titus was written approximately in 66 n. and. by Pablo de Tarso , the founder of Christianity. Paul’s multiple travels are well documented, and show that he wrote Titus from Nicopolis (in Epirus ). In some Bibles , the annotation on the epistle may mention that Paul wrote from another Nicopolis, in Macedonia . However, there is no knowledge of such a place, and such claims have no authority because they are not authentic.
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- 1 Purpose of Scripture
- 2 Key Verses
- 3 Brief summary
- 4 Connections
- 5 Practical application
- 6 Sources
Purpose of Writing
Titus’ epistle is known as one of the Pastoral Epistles, similar to the two letters to Timothy . This epistle was written by the apostle Paul to encourage his brother in faith, Titus, whom he had left in Crete to lead the church that Paul had established on one of his missionary journeys Titus 1: 5). This letter advises Titus regarding the qualities to be sought in church leaders. It also warns Titus about the reputation of those who lived on the island of Crete (Titus 1:12).
In addition to instructing Titus on what to look for in a church leader, Paul also encourages him to return to Nicopolis to visit him. In other words, Paul continued to disciple Titus and others as they grew in the grace of the Lord (Titus 3:13).
Titus 1: 5, “For this reason I left you in Crete , so that you might correct what was lacking, and establish elders in each city, just as I commanded you.”
Titus 1:16, “They profess to know God, but in fact deny it, being abominable and rebellious, reproved for every good work.”
Titus 2:15, “This speaks, and exhorts and rebukes with all authority. No one looks down on you. ”
Titus 3: 3-6, “For we, too, were once foolish, rebellious, astray, slaves of lusts and various delights, living in malice and envy, abhorrent, and hating one another. But when the goodness of God our Savior was manifested, and his love for men, he saved us, not by works of justice that we had done, but by his mercy, by the washing of regeneration and by the renewal in the Spirit. Holy , who poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior. ”
How wonderful it must have been when Titus received a letter from his tutor, the Apostle Paul. Paul was a man honored by many, and with good reason, having established several churches throughout the eastern world. This famous introduction of the apostle should have been read by Titus, “To Titus, true son in common faith: grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.” (Titus 1: 4).
The island of Crete , where Paul left Titus to lead the church , was inhabited by natives of the island and Jews who did not know the truth of Jesus Christ (Titus 1: 12-14). Paul felt it was his responsibility to continue discipling Titus to instruct and encourage him in developing leaders within the church in Crete. While the apostle was leading Titus in his search for leaders, Paul also suggested how Titus should instruct leaders so that they could grow in their faith in Christ. His instructions included those intended for both men and women of all ages (Titus 2: 1-8).
To help Titus remain in his faith in Christ, Paul suggested that he come to Nicopolis and bring two other members of the church with him (Titus 3: 12-13).
Once again, Paul finds it necessary to instruct church leaders to be vigilant against the Judaizers, those who sought to add works to the gift of grace that salvation produces. He warns him against those who were rebellious deceivers, especially those who continued to claim that circumcision and adherence to the rituals and ceremonies of the Mosaic Law were still necessary (Titus 1: 10-11). This is a recurring theme throughout Paul’s epistles and in the book of Titus, he goes further to say that it was necessary to cover their mouths.
The Apostle Paul deserves our attention as we search the Bible for teaching how to live a life pleasing to our Lord. We can learn what to avoid as well as who to strive to imitate. Paul suggests that we seek to be pure, while avoiding the things that will corrupt our mind and conscience. And later, Paul makes a statement that should never be forgotten: “They profess to know God, but with the facts they deny him, being abominable and rebellious, reprobate regarding all good work.” (Titus 1:16). As Christians, we must examine ourselves to be sure that our lives are in accordance with our profession of faith in Christ (2 Corinthians 13: 5).
Along with this warning, Paul also tells us how to avoid denying God : “He saved us, not by works of justice that we would have done, but by his mercy, by the washing of regeneration and by the renewal in the Holy Spirit, the which poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior. ” (Titus 3: 5-6). As we seek daily to renew our minds through the Holy Spirit, we can develop as Christians who honor God by the way we live.