THE EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO TITUS.
Titus did not enjoy that degree of intimacy with the great apostle
the hearts of Paul and Timothy together, he also belonged to that inner
of friends whom Paul valued very highly and whom he entrusted with very
important missions in connection with his apostolic ministry. Titus was
a Gentile, by birth, Gal. 2, 3. We do not know from which province or
hailed or when he was converted. At the time of the great meeting in
Paul took him along, refusing, in his case, to administer the rite of
circumcision, lest he deny the principle of Christian liberty. In later
continually find Titus mentioned as a valued coworker of the apostle.
had written the first letter to the Corinthians, his loving care for
congregation prompted him to send Titus for the purpose of obtaining
information concerning conditions in that city. It was a very delicate
important mission, one that affected the apostle so deeply that he bad
but traveled up to Troas in the hope of meeting Titus there. And when
brought back by him proved to be joyful, it was probably Titus that
Corinth with the apostle's second letter. With this relation obtaining
Paul and Titus, it is no wonder that the latter is called "mine own son
after the common faith." chap. 1. 4, that Paul believed him capable of
handling the difficult situation in Crete, chap. 1, 5, that he desired
companionship at Nicopolis, chap. 3, 12, and that he sent him to
Dalmatia as his
representative in mission-work, 2 Tim. 4. 10.
letter to Titus was probably written at about the same time that the
letter to Timothy was sent, and conveys almost the same impression of
After the address and opening greeting the apostle gives Titus
the appointment of bishops in the Cretan congregations, whereupon he
excellent hints concerning the treatment of the errorists. He then
manner of dealing with the various stations in the congregation,
incidentally to the grace of the reconciliation through Christ and its
sanctifying power as the basis and motive for a truly Christian life.
follows a suggestion as to the manner by which Titus should attempt to
Christians to show obedience and meekness in their daily walk, on the
the washing of regeneration. This method of dealing with the situation
a sharp contrast to that pursued by the false teachers and enthusiasts.
letter closes with a few commissions and the customary greetings
intimate fellowship among Christians.