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.