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Complete Study Of The Book Of Titus

Introduction

Paul wanted to encourage Timothy to help with his work Ephesus where he was to stay as an evangelist. Paul’s waiting for the result of his trial in 2 Timothy and makes some requests to Timothy to come and see him before he was put to death 2 Timothy 4:6. In 1 Timothy Paul gave him clear guidelines for choosing church leaders.

In his letter to Titus, Paul appears to be dealing with the same issue and so, he encourages him to use similar guidelines for choosing church leaders in Crete. So, in both cases Paul’s letters of encouragement would have helped them in their demanding tasks.

Paul wrote this to Titus who was in Crete so that he might set straight what was unfinished, Titus 1:5, he was possibly in Necropolis, Titus 3:12. Titus was Paul’s companion and fellow worker, Acts 15 / Galatians 2:1-3 / 2 Corinthians 12:18 / 2 Corinthians 8:16ff / 2 Timothy 4:10.

The Cretan’s economy consisted of making and exporting wine and olive oil but they were notorious for their untruthfulness and so this wasn’t a nice place to live.

Another reason for Paul writing this letter was to urge Titus to come to Paul as soon as there’s a replacement, Titus 3:12. Zenas and Apollos are going on their way too with Titus’ help, Titus 3:13.

The Letter

The letter itself, along with other letters which Paul wrote, especially 1 and 2 Timothy have brought about some criticism as to whether Paul actually wrote them or not, mainly for four reasons. 1. The historical problem. 2. The ecclesiastical problem. 3. The doctrinal problem. 4. The linguistic problem.

It’s difficult to understand where the confusion comes from as Paul clearly tells us it was, he, himself who actually wrote the letter, 1 Timothy 1:1 / 2 Timothy 2:1 / Titus 1:1.

Date

We don’t know exactly when Paul wrote his letter to Titus but one thing, we do know is that he wasn’t in prison at the time, so they were most likely written after his release. In Titus 1:5 Paul tells us that he made a visit to Crete and later in Titus 3:12, he asks Titus to join in him at Nicopolis. But by the time Paul writes 2 Timothy it’s clear he’s in prison awaiting trial, 2 Timothy 1:8 / 2 Timothy 2:9, he’s very aware that his time on earth is coming to an end very soon, 2 Timothy 4:6-8.

As with most books of the Bible trying to date them exactly isn’t the easiest of tasks but most scholars believe Titus were written around 60 A.D. when Paul was in prison in Rome. Remember he was put in prison and then released at the end of the Book of Acts but a short time later he was rearrested and was to be put to death, 2 Timothy. Paul must have written 1 Timothy and Titus during his short time of freedom.

Titus

Titus is one of those faithful disciples we actually don’t know a lot about, apart from the fact he Paul’s true son and shared a common, Titus 1:4. We also know he had Greek parents which meant he wasn’t circumcised, Galatians 2:3.

As Paul addresses him as ‘his true son’, Titus 1:4, it’s highly possible that Paul actually converted him to
Christianity, Philemon 10. we don’t know for certain, but we could speculate that he was from Antioch of Syria, as Paul refused to allow him to be circumcised there, Acts 15.

Although Titus seems to be very active within the Lord’s church, and although he isn’t mentioned anywhere in the Book of Acts, we do know that he was one of Paul’s travelling companions, 2 Corinthians 7:14 / 2 Corinthians 8:23 / Galatians 2:3-5. He accompanied Paul to Ephesus, Corinth and Rome, 2 Corinthians 7:5-15 / 2 Corinthians 12:18 / 2 Timothy 4:10. However, there is no record of his death.

‘Outline’

Introduction. Titus 1:1-4
Appoint Qualified Spiritual Leaders. Titus 1:5-9
Rebuke All False Teachers. Titus 1:10-16
Speak Sound Doctrine. Titus 2:1-15
Maintain Good Works. Titus 3:1-11
Conclusion. Titus 3:12-15

The theme of the book is relationships and it contains instructions for the congregation, instructions for their social life, instructions for family life and instructions for the individual’s life.

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