The Book of Titus

Titus was written in A.D. 67, and Paul had no more highly esteemed fellow laborer than Titus. Titus was led to the truth by Paul. The theme of the letter to Titus was to complete the ministerial work that was to be done on the island of Crete. Titus (meaning protected), had good credentials by Paul. (2 Corinthians 8:23). Even though Titus was not mentioned in the book of Acts, Paul considered Titus a spiritual son.

Titus 1

Tit 1:1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; Paul was one of the elect chosen by God for this ministry. (Romans 1:1). His work was to proclaim faith to those who were chosen by God, and teach them the truth of the Word and how to live Godly lives.

Tit 1:2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; This truth gives them confidence that they may have eternal life, promised before the world began. (2 Timothy 1:9).

Tit 1:3 But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour; Paul was commanded by God to reveal His message to everyone. This work was entrusted to Paul by our Lord. (1 Timothy 1:1). 

Tit 1:4 To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour. Paul writing to Titus, his Spiritual son in the faith. (Not physical). We could consider Timothy another spiritual son of Paul in the faith. (Timothy had a special place in Paul's heart).

Tit 1:5 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: Paul left Titus on the island of Crete to complete the work their that needed to be done. (The island of Crete was 140 miles long and about 40 miles wide).

Tit 1:6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. An elder must live a blameless life. Be faithful to his wife, and his children must be believers who won't have a rebellious nature. (An elder must have everything in order in his own household).

Tit 1:7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; An elder is like a manager of God's household, so he should live a clean life. Not arrogant or quick tempered, not a heavy drinker, violent, or dishonest with money. (Ephesians 5:18, 1 Timothy 3:3, 3:8, 1 Peter 5:2).

Tit 1:8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; He must enjoy sharing the faith with people, and love what is good. (He should live a devout and disciplined life).

Tit 1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. He must have a strong and firm belief and be able to encourage others with teachings of truth. He is to show them were they went wrong, or were deceived. (2 Timothy 2:25). Gently instruct and refute those who oppose the truth and perhaps God will change their heart.

Tit 1:10 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: Many false teachers and rebellious people who will engage in useless talk and deceive others. (Those who claim to know God's Word). "Don't listen to man, listen to God."

Tit 1:11 Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake. These false teachers need to be silenced because they turn families away from the truth; mostly for the money. (1 Timothy 6:5, 2 Peter 2:1-3). You silence false teachers with the truth of God's Word.

Tit 1:12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. Even one of their own prophets (Epimenides) from Crete, calls the people of Crete liars, cheats, cruel, and lazy gluttons.

Tit 1:13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; Paul is saying that the Cretans are really like this. Paul's advice is to rebuke the enemy with sound doctrine. The job of a teacher, or Pastor, is to protect the flock. (1 Timothy 4:6).

Tit 1:14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth. Quit listening to traditions of men, false doctrines, and old wives tales. (2 Timothy 4:4). They reject the truth and chase after myths and traditions. Jesus rebuked the Pharisees for the same thing. Howbeit in vain do they worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men. For laying aside the commandment of God, ye hold the tradition of men, as the washing of pots and cups: and many other such like things ye do. And he said unto them, Full well ye reject the commandment of God, that ye may keep your own tradition. (Mark 7:7-9). Their are certain denominations today that even have the audacity to change God's ten commandments. "You know who they are."

Tit 1:15 Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. Everything is pure to those who have a pure heart. However, nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelieving. Their minds and conscience are totally corrupt.

Tit 1:16 They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. Many people claim to be Christian and to know God, but they deny Him by the way they live. (They talk the talk, but do not walk the walk). If you claim to be Christian, follow Gods Word, not mans earthly lust for the world.

Titus 2

Tit 2:1 But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine: The word is "sound doctrine" healthy and uncorrupt." (2 Timothy 1:13). Listen to doctrine that "lines" with the Word of God, not false teachings and traditions of men.

Tit 2:2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. The older men should have self-control, so they are worthy of respect. They should live wisely and have sound faith, filled with love and patience. (1 Timothy 1:5).

Tit 2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; In the same way, the older women should live in a way to honor God; not false accusers. This word "accusers" is "diabolos" Strong's G1228 meaning a traducer, false accuser, devil, slanderer. i.e. a gossiper. Yes, we know women like to gossip, but there are men out there that are worse than the women when it comes to gossip.

Tit 2:4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, The older women are to become teachers to the younger women. Teach them to be wise and love their husbands and their children.

Tit 2:5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed. The women should live wisely and be pure; to work in their homes, to do good, and be submissive (stand by their man), so they will not bring shame to the Word of God. (1 Timothy 2:11-12). Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. (1 Timothy 2:11). This simply means to learn quietly and humbly. (Be silent when the Word is being taught, and don't be a bunch of gossipers).

Tit 2:6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded. In the same way, teach the young men to live wisely. (Practice self control and curb one's passions). 

Tit 2:7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity. Be honest and sincere in what you do. (Don't be a church player like the hypocrites). Make a good impression towards others.

Tit 2:8 Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you. Always teach the truth so that your teaching can't be criticized. (Philippians 2:14-16). Set a good example in what you teach, and the way you teach.

Tit 2:9 Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please them well in all things; not answering again. Don't always complain when you are asked to do something. When you work for someone, do what they ask and do it to the best of your ability. 

Tit 2:10 Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things. Don't embezzle or steal, and be entirely trustworthy. This will make God's Word more appealing to others when you have good credibility.    

Tit 2:11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men. God's grace has been revealed bringing salvation to all. (1 Timothy 2:4).  

Tit 2:12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world. Turn from all the sinful living and ways of the world. Live clean straight lives and live with wisdom in this world. (1 John 5:19). The ways of this world are under Satan's power. (Lying, cheating, scamming, usury, sexual perversion etc).

Tit 2:13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ. Look forward to the second advent and the return of Christ. "It is coming soon."

Tit 2:14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. Jesus Christ gave His life for us, so that we can accomplish everything in this life, as it pertains to the will of God. He freed us from every kind of sin and bondage, to cleanse us, and make us His very own people. (Totally committed to doing good deeds).

Tit 2:15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee. These things need to be taught to encourage the believers to carry them out. (Never let anyone enter your life with false doctrine). Stand against false teachings just like Christ did.

Titus 3

Tit 3:1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work. As Christians, obey the laws and government doing what is good. (Respect those in authority who run the country no matter what political party they represent). This will guarantee your freedom of religion.

Tit 3:2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. Don't slander others and avoid quarreling with others when all possible. (1 Peter 2:17). However, don't be a wimp. (Man priests and pastors are to sensitive today). Sometimes people need to be put in their place. (Even Christ cleansed the house when it was necessary).

Tit 3:3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. Once we were foolish and disobedient. Misled and were slaves to worldly lust and pleasures. We were hateful and full of envy. (Psalms 36:2). "Paul was like this before his conversion, then he realized that he was wrong." (Acts 9:1-6).

Tit 3:4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared. God showed His kindness and love towards us through the Savior. "Christ paid the price for us through the crucifixion, and redeemed us from all sin." (Romans 5:20-21).

Tit 3:5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost. He saved us, not because of the righteous things we have done, but because of His mercy. He gave us a "new life" through the Holy Spirit. "The greatest gift you could ever receive." (Ephesians 5:26). Submit to the Word and the Word should be your guide. (The washing here refers to submersion through baptism).

Tit 3:6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour. He poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ. This frees us from the power of sin that leads to death. (Romans 8:2).

Tit 3:7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. We are set free because of His grace, and we have the promise of eternal life. (John 8:32). The truth in the Word will always set you free. Free from what? Free from the old law, traditions of men, false teachings, and ways of the world. Most important, "Free from being a slave to Satan."  

Tit 3:8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men. Stay focused and insist on these teachings (teachings of truth), so that all who trust in God will devote themselves to doing good. "Do the best you can on everything you do." (It shows others that your spirit is good and true).

Tit 3:9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain. Avoid foolish discussions and fights about obedience to religious and Jewish laws. "They are a waste of time." (1 Timothy 4:7, 2 Timothy 2:23). Obey God's laws as they apply to you, and forget mans ceremonial religious laws and traditions. (i.e. don't be a phony show-boat when it come to religion).

Tit 3:10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject. If you have someone that is causing division among you because of their own thoughts (not of God), give them a warning twice. If they do not stop, get rid of them and have nothing to do with them. (Romans 16:17, 2 Thessalonians 3:14, 2 Timothy 3:5).

Tit 3:11 Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself. People like that have turned from the truth, or never knew it to begin with. Their own sins condemn them.

Tit 3:12 When I shall send Artemas unto thee, or Tychicus, be diligent to come unto me to Nicopolis: for I have determined there to winter. They were planning to spend some time together in fellowship. (1 Corinthians 16:8-9).

Tit 3:13 Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that nothing be wanting unto them. They have been very helpful to us, so give them what ever they need. (Acts 28:10). 

Tit 3:14 And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful. God can always use a fruitful person. Try your best to do good and you will be productive. (2 Peter 1:8).

Tit 3:15 All that are with me salute thee. Greet them that love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen. It was written to Titus, ordained the first bishop of the church of the Cretians, from Nicopolis of Macedonia. Everyone here sends greetings, please give my greetings in return to all the believers, and may God's grace be with them all. Amen.

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