The Epistle of Paul to Titus
Verse by verse study/commentary
Who was Titus?
We can read about Titus only in the epistles of the apostle Paul. We find nothing about Titus in the book of Acts although he already traveled with Paul during the Acts period. He was also at the convention of Jerusalem in Acts 15. We read in Galatians 2 verse 1-3 the following verses: Then fourteen years after I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, and took Titus with me also. And I went up by revelation, and communicated unto them that Gospel which I preach among the Gentiles, but privately to them which were of reputation, lest by any means I should run, or had run, in vain. But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised
So Titus was a Greek, a person from the Gentiles. Timotheus had a Jewish mother and a Greek father. Timotheus was circumcised because of the Jewish people. Titus not and was not compelled to be circumcised. Titus was with Paul and Barnabas with the meeting of the 12 apostles of the Jews. The difference between them is described in Acts 15 and in Galatians 2. Titus was a Greek, a Gentile and came to believe in the Lord Jesus Christus through preaching of Paul probably in Anthioch. In 2 Corinthians 8 verse 23 we read about Titus: Whether any do inquire of Titus, he is my partner and fellowhelper concerning you: or our brethren be inguired of, they are the messengers of the churches, and th glory of Christ. And in Titus 1 verse 4 we read :To Titus mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour. Titus was a complete other man than Timotheus. In the first place he was a Greek, not a Jew like Timothy. In character they were also different from each other. Both men were trustful persons and Paul trusted a lot of responsibility to them in the work of the Lord, to comfort people, to preach the Gospel of the Grace of God.
The Epistle to Titus
The epistle to Titus is almost the same time written when Paul wrote his first epistle to Timotheus. The epistles to Timotheus and to Titus formed a trinity. They are the pastoral epistles which the apostle Paul wrote. The emphasis in the letter to Titus is about the practice, how to walk in the work of the Lord. The epistles to Timotheus is more about the doctrine of Gods Grace.
Titus 1 verse 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 wich is after godliness
Verse 1: The apostle Paul begins this epistle to Titus that he is a servant of God. What does the word servant means? In English it is also bondman and in the Greek it is written Doulos or slave. A slave. What is the exact meaning of a slave? the apostle Paul is the example of a doulos. He did the will of God as a servant. From a murderer the apostle Paul became a slave of Jesus Christ. we read in Romans 6 verse 20 and 21: For when ye were the servants of sin, ye were free from righteousness. What fruit had ye then in those things whereof ye are now ashamed? for the end of those things is death. This was the life of Paul before he was called by the Lord Jesus Christ from heaven in Acts 9. The apostle Paul describes in Galatians 2 verse 20 the following : I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. In the time the apostle lived under the Roman Empire you had a lot of slaves. Slavery was on the order of the day. Nowadays slavery still exists.
Now the word apostle. What is the word apostle? A apostle is somebody who is directly send from God with a special message or Gospel. For example you have the 12 apostles who were send by our Lord Jesus Christ with the Gospel of the Kingdom to the Jews. Paul was send with the Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24, Galatians 1:11-12, Romans 16:25-26 to the Gentiles. According to the faith of God's elect. You proof here the respect what the apostle Paul had for God's elect and it was inspired by God. In Ephesians 1 verse 4 we read: According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: We are chosen by God in Christ just like the apostle Paul. This is great to know my dear brothers and sisters!
And the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness. What is the knowledge of the truth the apostle Paul is speaking here? Answer: Gods Gospel of the Grace. Gods Gospel of Grace Acts 20:24 is the truth under this Dispensation of Grace whereunder we live my brothers and sisters. Read Galatians 1 vese 6-9! We read in Colossians 1 verse 5 and 6 the following: For the hope whidh is laid up for you in heaven, whereof ye heard before inthe word of the truth of the Gospel; Which is come to you, as it is in all the world; and bringeth forth fruit, as it doth also in you, since the day ye heard of it, and knew the Grace of God in truth"
This the apostle Paul proclaimed/preached to the Gentiles, Jews, Kings and even Caesar at Rome. This Gospel is the truth and this is after godliness! Oh brothers and sisters, those of you who don't know this Gospel: Read and study the epistles of the apostle Paul: Romans -Philemon and find the truth!!!
Titus 1 verse 2
In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;
Verse 2: In hope of eternal life. This was known with God and this He had promised before the world began with Himself that He would save the world through His Son Jesus Christ. That Christ would die on the cross for us sinners, would be buried and would ressurected after 3 days. This agreement came out 2000 years ago. What God promised will come out.We read in I Corinthians 15 verse 3 and 4:For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures. Because our Lord Jesus Christ lives can God give in Him eternal life to another person in this world. Nobody, no man didn't know about this plan of God, also not the devil. If the devil had known it he never had crucified the Lord Jesus Christ. In Numbers 23 verse 19 we read the following words: God is not a man, that He should lie; neither the son of man, that He should repent: hath He said, and shall He not do it? Or hath he spoken, and shall |He not make it good? This hope of eternal life God made it known to the apostle Paul for the first time. Ephesians 1 verse 9 tells us: Having made known unt ous the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself. The purpose to save men through His Son Jesus Christ so that men could become eternal life in Him. Romans 6 verse 23 says us: For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord. Our Lord Jesus Christ paid the price of us with His own life once for all. He died once for all on Calvary on the cross and was buried and stood up from the dead after 3 days because death couldn't hold Him because He is and was without sin! He is God Himself! On the moment we accepted Him as personal Saviour we too have eternal life in Him. Great to know this and we can rejoice in Him. Already we have now eternal life in Him. Thank God for this every day!!!
Titus 1 verse 3
But hath in due times manifested His Word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;
Verse 3: God hath in due times manifested His Word. On His time. Which Word here is spoken of? Answer His Word of Grace what we find in Acts 20:32: And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the Word of His Grace, which is able to build you up. and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. In dure times God manifested this and committed this unto Paul our apostle. In Romans 16 verse 25 we read: Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began" Tt is thus the preaching of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery. Paul was saved by Grace alone, by faith alone and in Christ alone Ephesians 2:8-9. Nearby Damascus Paul was saved and so we are the same saved like Paul my dear brothers and sisters! In I Corinthians 9 verse 16 and 17 we read: For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel! For if I do this thing willingly, I have a reward: but if against my will, a dispensation of the gospel is committed unto me. Conclusion: It was the commandment of God our Saviour to preach the Gospel of the Grace of God which Paul got in revelations from our Lord Jesus Christ from heaven.
Titus 1 verse 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
Verse 4: To Titus my own son. Titus was Paul's son in the faith, the common faith in Christ they had together. Titus was a trustful person and Paul trusted a lot to him. Also that he had left Titus alone on the island of Crete. Titus was a young man and strong in the faith of Christ and in His Grace. He stood for the truth that's why Paul called him his own son after the common faith. In Galatians 2 verse 3 we read: But neither Titus, who was with me, being a Greek, was compelled to be circumcised. In 2 Corinthians 7 verse 13 and 14 we read: Therefore we were comforted in your comfort: yea, and exceedingly the more joyed we for the joy of Titus, because his spirit was refreshed by you all. For if I have boasted any thing to him of you, I am not ashamed; but as we spake all things to you in truth, even so our boasting, which I made before Titus, is found a truth. And his inward affection is more abundant toward you, whilst he remembereth the obedience of you all, how with fear and trembling ye received him. And so was Titus my dear brothers and sisters. So let's follow Titus' example for us! In all his epistles the apostle Paul begins with Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior. We have a God of Grace, peace and mercy. What a wonderful God we have in Jesus Christ our Savior!!
Titus 1 verse 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
Verse 5: The apostle Paul left Titus, who was his son in the faith on the island Crete. Paul never before he went as a prisoner to Rome had visit Crete. With Titus he visit Crete and this must have happened between his first prisonment and his second prisonment. Titus was let at Crete with a reason. What was this reason? Paul had with Titus visit Crete and seen the inhabitans of the island. Paul was well informed afterwards about the situation there. On the saints on the island in Christ was quite lacking. In verse 10 in this same Chapter 1 we read: For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially hey of the circumcision. Now Paul left Titus alone on this island with a very big task. If you think about this task you may say this is impossible to do for one man. Titus must supplement what the believers lacked with God's Word of Grace Acts 20:32. This was first what he had to do but there is a second thing Titus had to do namely to ordain elders or bishops in every city. Elderly men who had a lot of experience in every city. This was a heavy and difficult task to do and who was because who was fit to be a elder? Are we fit to this task as brothers? Most of the times we see a few people who can do this.
Titus 1 verse 6
If any be blameless, the husband of one wife,
having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly
Verse 6: From this verse until verse 10 it is about the bishop or elder in the local church. These are very important rules what someone must meet if he want to be a elder or bishop. He must to have a good overview. In I Timothy 3 verse 1 and 2 we read: This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, the husband of one wife, vigilant, sober, of good behaviour, given to hospitality, apt to teach. We see here a lot of what a elder must be. It must be a man, not a woman as we see in the Christian world. Not a novice because he could be pride and fall into the condemnation of the devil I Timothy 3 verse 6. He must be blameless, nothing evil must be said about him. He must be a the husband of one wife, not many wifes. If he has children they must not be accused of riot or that they are unruly. If this is the case a bishop could lose his function.
Titus 1 verse 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
Verse 7: A bishop must be blameless. One belong nothing to comment on this person. This person as the steward of God knows exactly how to behave himself in the Body of Christ. And how does he deal with people? Thas is very important. Not selfwilled. It is not his own will but the will of God just like the apostle Paul said Lord what wilt thou have me to do? Acts 9 verse 6. Not soon angry. If a person is soon angry he can be blamed for it. Romans 12 verse 19 is a good verse for this: Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. The Lord is a avenger over this all. Not given to wine: not a drunkard! I Timothy 5 verse 23 tells us that it is allowed to drink a littel wine as medicin like Timothy could take: Drink no longer water, but use a little wine for thy stomach's sake and thine often infirmities. Use a little bit. This is not to be drunken of it. In Ephesians 5 verse 18 we read: And be not drunk with wine, wherein excess; but be filled with the Spirit. Not given to filthy lucre. In I Corinthians 6 verse 19 and 20 we read the following verses: What/ Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's. No striker: what does this mean? A fighter. Soon angry is also not good. Filty lucre: What does that mean? That somebody gives the honor alone to himself. He is proud om himself and is not modest. So somebody who wants to be a bishop or elder must meet the demands.
Titus 1 verse 8
But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;
Verse 8: An elder or bishop should be someone of hospitality. He invites people at his home, let them sleep in his home, have sleeping places, He is gentle to others, interested in other people because he is a lover of good men but also a lover of strangers. In the Middle East people were more hospitable and this is the same now then what we see for example here in the Netherlands. In general we see a lot of selfishness here in the Netherlands due to media. With most people you cannot enter their houses spontaneous. Most of the times you have to make a appointment. A bishop must be a lover of strangers/good men. Beside this he must be sober, just, holy and temperate. What does that mean?
1 A lover of good men: What are good men? Answer: your brothers and sisters in Christ
2 Sober man: what does that mean? Answer modest
3 A just man: We are just in the eyes of God in Christ. We are righteous in Him. It must be someone who is honest. He is not telling lies.
4 A holy man: His walk everyday must be apart/holy. It must not be someone who serve sin but is willing to do the will of God everyday
5 A temperate man: Not someone who does unclean things. He had fled from those unclean things like fornication. He cannot practice this.
Titus 1 verse 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.
Verse 9: Holding fast the faithful Word as he hath been taught. That is according the doctrine (Dutch language). What is this faithful Word? The answer for this we find in Romans 16 verse 25 and 26: Now to Him that is of power to stablish you according to my Gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revalation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures fo the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith. A bishop or elder belongs to this teaching to hold fast and also to preach so that the hearers will be build up and be exhorted and convinced. And also the gainsayers. What is a gainsayer? Answer: a disagreeable person. One who contradicts or denies what is alleged; an opposer. We have nowadays a lot of gainsayers. Most of the people are against God's Word of Grace Acts 20:32. In II Timothy 4 verse 2 the apostle Paul gives Timothy this: Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reporve, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. This is the task of a bishop, a missionary, a pastor who knows the Gospel of the Grace of God and stand for it. In the practice/daily life sometimes this is very difficult my brothers and sisters I can tell you from experience in more than 35 years. Sometimes I feel like Paul when he was alone in Athens and had to convince people there about our living God and Savior who loves the whole world that He gave Himself in Jesus Christ on the cross His life for this world. In Acts 17 verse 16 we read: Now while Paul waited for them at Athens, his spirit was stirred in him, when he saw the city wholly given to idolatry Paul became sad about what was going on in this city and this what we also experience in this world 2000 years later also worser and worser. In 2 Timothy 2 verse 24 we read: And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient. Patience is the most difficult thing because from ourselves we are not patient to others. It is if we give it over to God that He gives us the patience.
Titus 1 verse 10
For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers,
specially they of the circumcision
Verse 10: There were many unruly, vain talkers and deceivers on the island of Crete. What does it mean unruly? The Greek word here is anupotaktos and that means disobedient. A lot of people on the island of Crete were disobedient. Disobedient to what? To the will of God my dear brothers and sisters. What is the will of God? We read in I Timothy 2 verse 3 and 4 the following Word of God according His will in general: For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Saviour; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth. See also Colossians 1:5 and 6! (read this for yourself). Nowadays there is nothing new under the Sun. We see the great majority in this world who are unruly. It is nowadays a lot of chaos in the world because of disobedience. It is a sad situation. What we read here what happened on Crete we have it too in this world. What are vaintalkers? Answer: empty, idol, vanity. People who speak empty words what does not have a meaning. There were many on the island of Crete who were vaintalkers and nowadays in this world we have so many too. Specially they of the circumcision. Who are these people? These are the Jews and in the time of Paul a lot of Jews lived in Greece, Italy and other parts of the world. Paul is warning Titus about these Jews because they are very fanatic in their false doctrine. In I Timothy 1 verse 5-7 we read Now the end of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good conscience, and of faith unfeigned: From which some having swerved have turned aside unto vain jangling; Desiring to be teachers of the law; understanding neither what they say, nor whereof they affirm. What we see here the Jews were the most opposers of the doctrine of Grace. Nowadays we have most people of the whole world: believers and unbelievers who don't want to learn the Gospel of the Grace of God and rightly dividing Romans 16:25-26 and II Timothy 2:15
Titus 1 verse 11
Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.
Verse 11: The vaintalkers and many who were unruly their mouths must be stopped tells Paul to Titus. These were the ones of the island of Crete. This vaintalking and false doctrine went from bad to worse because whole houses were subverted. They taught things which they ought not and it was for their own filthy lucre's sake. But how to stop such false thing which people proclaimed? Nowadays my brothers and sisters we have the same worldwide! You cannot stop it with violence. The apostle Paul gives instructions to Titus and also to us in verse 13 to rebuke them sharply and not giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men that turn from the truth in verse 14. So hold fast the Gospel of the Grace of God Romans 16:25-26, Acts 20:24,32. This is the Gospel which build us up my dear brothers and sisters. Beside this Gospel there is no Gospel see Galatians 1:6-9 and somebody who is preaching another Gospel let him be accursed. There is no blessing in another Gospel and people are tossed to and fro who are believing another Gospel than the Gospel of the Grace of God. They are not growing in the spiritual life my dear brothers and sisters! So a call to all the saints in Christ: learn the sound Doctrine of Grace, the Gospel of the Grace of God: the epistles of the apostle Paul: Romans-Philemon. This is your daily spiritual food and nothing else!!! Conclusion: not by force of human strategy we have to stop the vaintalkers but by sound doctrine.
Titus 1 verse 12
One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, the Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
Verse 12: Remarkable in this verse is that one of the inhabitans of Crete, even a prophet had said that all the Cretians are liars, evil beasts and slow bellies. He knew very well the inhabitans whereunder he lived in that time. We know from Romans 3: 4a the following: God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar..... People from Crete were liars and you can imagine for a young man as Titus to be left there on the island and ordain elder in every city of the island was not a easy task: a very difficult task. A few people were to trust.From nature the inhabitans were liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. Even today men is the same: liars, evil beasts and slow bellies naturally. We read in 2 Timothy 2 verse 2 the following words: And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also. There was a lot of corruption on the island of Crete and how to find trustful people? It is the same in the world of today. Men in general have not learned from the past/history. Men is just so sinful as the people in the time of Paul and Titus on Crete. In general people doesn't want to know the Gospel of the Grace of God which is the truth! Read Colossians 1:5-6!
Titus 1 verse 13
This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them
sharply, that they may be sound in the faith
Verse 13: The witness of one of the inhabitans of Crete, a prophet and what he said about the Cretians is true and even true today. The only manner for Titus was to rebuke or admonish the saints sharply on the island of Crete so that they may be sound in the faith. It was a very heavy task for Titus to do this all. Rebuke sharply here is to admonish in a positive way. To urge them who are liars, evil beasts and slow bellies and to stop the laziness and doing nothing to the opposite to make them enthousiastic that they would help in the ministry and to move them to the Gospel of the Grace of God so that they may be sound in the faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. There is a lot of tactics required for this and a lot of patience too! What the experience today: a lot of people are satisfied with what they have and don't want to grow up in Christ. They don't want to learn the truth and stay in the false doctrines of men. But still 2 Timothy 4 verse 2 tells us as ambassadors the following words: Preach the Word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine We live in the time now that most people have itching ears, their ears are from the truth and believe rather the lie than the truth. What is the answer for this? Read on my brothers and sisters in 2 Timothy 4:5: But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry" This is what Titus had to do and we too if we know the Gospel of the Grace of God and will proclaim/ make it known to this world: do the work of an evangelist! And it is the rule not your own will but Gods will for today 1 Timothy 2:3-4!
Titus 1 verse 14
Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men,
that turn from the truth
Verse 14: Another task for Titus was not to give heed to Jewish fables. Not to pay attention to these fables. What are Jewish fables? In I Timothy 1 verse 4 a fable is a mythical story to learn a lesson from it. These were the Jewish fables! There were in that time of the apostle Paul also endless genaealogies. To be in all this was wasting time and the time could be better being used on Gods Word of Grace the truth Colossians 1:5-6! What we read more here in this verse is commandments of men that turn from the truth. People who wanted to be under the law or laws of men than rather to know Gods Grace and they tried to get other people under their commandments too. For Titus it was not to go into these commandments of men and to urge people not to go into Jewish fables and commandments of men so that they may hold the truth and stayed for the truth. The truth is to build up and this was what Titus had to preach every day there on Crete and to rightly divide the Word of Truth 2 Timothy 2:15. We too my brothers and sisters are to be awake and not to turn to commandments of men but hold fast the sound doctrine namely the Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:32, Romans 16:25-26. Doing this everyday we are obedient in the faith in Christ!!!
Titus 1 verse 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.
Verse 15: What does it mean these words all things for the pure are pure? Pure comes from the original Greek word katharos what means clean. We as believers we are cleaned by the blood of Christ! For us everything is clean. So for the believers on Crete, the members of the Body of Christ just like you and me my dear brothers and sisters everything was clean because they and we are washed by the blood of Christ. In I Corinthians 6 verse 11 we read: And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the Name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
But unto them that are difiled and unbelieving is nothing pure. Nothing is pure for them because they have not a cleaned heart as we have my dear brothers and sisters. They only serve sin, they cannot otherwise. Their life if dead. Their mind and conscience is defiled. They are on the way but their way dies. It is the way how the apostle Paul lived before he was called by our Lord Jesus Christ from heaven on the way just before Damascus. Somebody could say but i'm doing good right? I never do any men harm, I give gifts to the poor and take care about my neighbour who is ill etc. It is not this that makes you good. You have to realize that you are born a sinner and you cannot save yourself from your sins. Jesus Christ paid the price for your sins because He died for you and me on the cross on Calvary and paid the price with His Own Life, His own blood! I Corinthians 15:3-4, II Corinthians 5: 19-21.
For the unbeliever the motivation to do so named good things in his or her eyes is not the love of Christ what brings him or her on this idea. Human love is own sake. It is egocentric love to become better from it or to have a good feeling of yourself so I have this or that very good. For us as believers we can serve God through His Word of Grace instead of giving ourselves a good feeling. We have not to serve sin, we can choose my dear brothers and sisters. Christ is living in us and we are clean in Him so the motivation is complete different. It is the love of Christ what urges us. The Spirit of God lives in us and we can distinguish everyday spiritual things from fleshly things.
Titus 1 verse 16
They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.
Verse 15: They, the unbelievers who are vaintalkers, profess that they know God. In reality it is a appearance of hypocrisy. With their own works they deny Him. Psalm 14 verse 1 tells us: The fool hath said in his heart. There is no God. They are corrupt, they have done abominable works, there is none that doeth good. In general they are disobedient and unto every good work reprobate or reprehensible. They cannot do good works because they don't know which are good works. We, my brothers and sisters, for us there is something else: in the Work which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them Ephesians 2:10
Titus 2 verse 1
But speak thou the things which become sound doctrine:
Verse 1: The apostle Paul exhorted Titus to proclaim/ to make known things which become sound doctrine. Titus the young man, the bishop on Crete, probably the first bishop on Crete had to proclaim the things which become sound doctrine!!! What is sound doctrine? What is the truth? In I Timothy 6 verse 3, 4 and 5 we read the following verses: If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil sumisings. Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: form such withdraw thyself. Titus had to proclaim the Gospel of the Grace of God. We read in Romans 16 verse 25 and 26: Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith
This sound doctrine of the Grace of God, the mystery, is powerful like dynamite!!! Titus had to stand for it and so we are called to stand for it if we knew Gods Grace and rightly dividing the Word of truth and to proclaim this, to make known to the ones who does not know this Gospel for today!!! In Galatians 1 verse 6-9 we read something remarkable: I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. As we said before, so say I now again, if any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed. My brothers and sisters: on another Gospel a mixed Gospel or a social Gospel rest no blessing!!! Learn the Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24, 32 which the apostle Paul first proclaimed and what we can read from Romans-Philemon, all his 13 epistles!!!!
Through this Gospel of Grace we know how we are saved (read Ephesians 2:8-9). We are saved by Grace alone, by faith alone and in Christ alone!!! Not by works what we have done but by His Work, the finished Work on the cross on Calvary!!! Not only Titus was admonished by the apostle Paul, also Timothy. In 2 Timothy 4 verse 2-5 we read : Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry. Brothers and sisters we live in that time above described! We live in the day of the itching ears. Men are far away from the truth. It looks like the Middle Ages this time. But you my dear brother and sister: you can know the truth if you are open for it with your heart and willing to know it!!! Do this and you learn all the blessings from God for you today and feel not like somebody who is tossed and fro anymore Ephesians 4 verse 14. Remember the words of I Corinthians 4 verse 15 and 61 where we read the following:For though ye have ten thousand instructers in Christ, yet have ye not many fathers: for in Christ Jesus I have begotten you through the gospel. Wherefore I beseech you, be ye followers of me. This is a call to all of us my dear brothers and sisters!!!
Titus 2 verse 2
That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience.
Verse 2: That the aged men be sober. What does that mean? It doesn't mean that may not eat and drink but that the aged men have to be awake, that they keeping careful watch for possible danger or difficulties in the local church. That they have the oversight of the local church. Aged men have more experience because they've been through more. Grave what does that mean? Honorable, honest. Temperate: self in mind, selfcontrolled, sound in faith: healthy in faith. Faith in our Lord Jesus Christ according to Gods Gospel of Grace, to stand for this Gospel and rightly dividing the Word of Truth 2 Timothy 2:15, Acts 20:32, Romans 16:25 and 26. Charity is the love of God, of Christ in them and through them. Not human love because this is egocentric. Patience: can tolerate a lot. Those men can give advise to younger men in the local church and they can give advice how to behave people in the local church for example. They can also teach to younger people in the church. These are the rules for the aged men in the local church how to behave and what they must be
Titus 2 verse 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;
Verse 3: Now the women and the apostle says here likewise the aged men! The aged women are not forgotten. The apostle gives also directions to aged women and how they have to behave: as becometh holiness, in walk holy/apart. That they be a example for the younger women in the local church. Not false accusers. What does that mean? Slanderers: Slander is spreading false information. Not given to much wine: this does not mean that they cannot drink wine. They can but not that they will be drunken from alcoholic drinks. Teacher of good things: God's Word of Grace Acts 20:32, Romans 16:25-26. That they learn that the younger women. That they give Biblestudy to the younger women in the local church and in good consultation with their own husbands who are the elderly men. They have not to teach the men!!!
Titus 2 verse 4
That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
Verse 4: You see here that they may teach the young women in the local church. First to be sober and that is awake, that the younger women will love their husbands: that they may know from Gods Word their place beside their husbands. And if they have children to love their children with the love of God and in good harmony. In this broken world you see a lot of divorces. It is on the order of the day that people get divorced. If people have children then they are the victims of divorces. It has a lot of impact on children! After divorce it will never be the same: not for the man nor for the woman and nor for the children. It brings a lot of problems with it. In the local church when people know the truth the older women teach the younger women to be awake and to love their husbands and not to rule over their husbands but to be submissive. This will not say that a man in the marriage will rule as a dictator and that his will is law. Not it must be in harmony and in good consultation everything.
Titus 2 verse 5
To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
Verse 5: To be discreet. This will not say that they may not drink because it has to do with drinking but they have to drink in moderation. Chaste= to be clean also in the practice. Keepers at home: a manager of the household. If a man and woman has children that originally the woman has to take care about the children. It will not say that a woman may not work. Partime is a option and most of the people here in the Netherlands do it in this way. The men work for example 4 days and the women 2 days. That fathers at least can also take care for one day on the children if they have them. The attendence to children is very important as long as they are a child. Good, obedient to their own husbands: not wise by themselves, not to rule over the man. You give the man as wife honor and the first place to be the head over the household. So that the Word of God be not blashemed. That people outside wouldn't come to believe because of the bad example.
Titus 2 verse 6
Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded
Verse 6: To exhort young men. This is what Titus has also to do and also the elderly men in the congregation (s)! To be sober minded. What does that mean? To be tempered, self controlled. Of a sound mind. This has to do with the Gospel of the Grace of God and rightly dividing the Word of Truth, otherwise men could not be sound minded. Romans 16:25-26 and 2 Timothy 2:15.
Titus 2 verse 7
In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works: in doctrine shewing
uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity
Verse 7 The apostle Paul admonishes here Titus to be a example for believers to follow. Titus was a pastor, a overseer and he must be in this way to be apattern of good works. Ephesians 2:10 which God had before ordained. In doctrine shewing uncorruptness: not false, not a little false but pure according Gods Gospel of Grace Acts 20:24, Galatians 1:6-9, Romans 16:25-26. Gravity this means serious, earnest. Very serious busy with Gods Word of Grace and rightly dividing. Sincerity: upright, to be trust: A man a man, a word a word. So that people believers or unbelievers can recognize this and like to be in the neighbourhood of this man Titus. Not only Titus, we are also urged to do this my dear brothers!!!
Titus 2 verse 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.
Verse 8: Titus had not only to be an example in walk but also in sound speech. He must bring the sound doctrine to the people. Sound doctrine is the Gospel of the Grace of God. Titus was left on Crete and there were a lot of opponents there. A lot of people brought false doctrines and there were a lot of vaintalkers what we already have read. Today my brothers and sisters is the situation not much different than in the time of Paul. Most of the people in this world are opponents of the Gospel of the Grace of God Romans 16:25-26. A lot of these people have never heard about the Gospel of the Grace of God Acts 20:24 and 32. The opponents can also be believers in Christ but sound speech will cause this effect: that cannot be condemned!!! So that the ones who heard this sound doctrine may be ashamed and have no evil thing to say to the one who speech sound doctrine. Titus had to do it and we are also to urged/admonished here to speech sound doctrine
Titus 2 verse 9
Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own masters, and to please
them well in all things; not answering again;
Verse 9: When the apostle Paul lived 2000 years ago you had the Roman Empire and in that Empire you had a lot of slaves or servants. Servants serve their masters and specially here the servants who trusted in God through the Lord Jesus Christ had to be obedient unto their own masters. Titus had to exhort these servants to do this. Probably the circumstances causes that there was a lot of disobedience under the slaves or servants. The believers in Christ who were servants were different. They were in Christ and serve the Lord everyday and they could please their masters so good in all things. Not pleasing their masters but pleasing God because what they had to do for the masters it was in fact to do it for God. A good example in the Bible for a slave is Joseph who was slave in the house of Potifar. Joseph knew very well that God was his Master and he served God. Murmuring and disobedience made no sense and this was not the attitude God expected from the servant. Most of us work now under a boss on the work we do. We have to read Colossians 3 verse 23 and 24: And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men. Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ" Follow these words here my dear brothers and sisters and it will be better in the practice.
Titus 2 verse 10
Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn
the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
Verse 10: What does it mean purloining? It is from the Greek word nosphi keep back. In fact it is stealing or to obscure. This is what a servant who believes in the Lord Jesus Christ had not to do. Instead of this they have to show all good fidelity and that means faithfulness. Trustful. That they may adorn attractive the doctrine, the Gospel of the Grace of God our Saviour in all things. Nowadays for us as believers are the words of Colossians 3 verse 23 and 24 valid and effectual in the practice. Read for yourselves about Joseph in the book of Genesis!
Titus 2 verse 11
For the Grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men
Verse 11: The Grace of God that brings salvation is available for every person in this world. Everyone in this world can be saved by Gods Grace alone, by faith alone and in Christ alone. Ephesians 2:8-9. It is by the finished Work on the cross. Christ died for you and me as sinners, was buried and is resurrected and He lives I Corinthians 15:3-4. Now is the day of salvation my dear readers! Believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, in the finished Work on the cross and thous shalt be saved forever Acts 16:31, II Corinthians 6:1-2.
Titus 2 verse 12
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we
should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world
Verse 12: Teaching us: us believers in Christ, members of the Body of Christ. And what learns God's Grace us: deny ungodliness and worldly lusts. In Acts 20 verse 32 we read: And now, brethren, I commend you to God, and to the word of his grace, which is able to build you up, and to give you an inheritance among all them which are sanctified. It build us up spiritual in knowledge but it is also the practice from everyday! That we live according the will of God in this world. Be in right mind, right in walking and Godly in this present world. This world is without God and know Him not. We know Him. Let us walk according His will. Thy will be done. This will be our motto every day my brothers and sisters so that this present evil world had less influence on us!!!
Titus 2 verse 13
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
Verse 13: This verse my dear brothers is speaking of our hope. Maybe as long as you believed in the Lord Jesus Christ you thought or were told that you expect the Lord is coming on earth and will begin to reign as King. That the Lord Jesus Christ is your King and that He will reign on earth with the Church instead with Israel but here we see the blessed hope of this Dispensation of Grace whereunder we live. This Dispensation of Grace will end with that hope, the Rapture of the Body of Christ. This is a wonderful verse and a real assurance because this will happen with the Body of Christ. We are members of that Body and the Head of that Body is Christ and on one day, in one moment He will glorious appear. This moment can happen any moment This is our future!!! We read in Philippians 3 verse 20 and 21 the following verses: For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ: Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body, according to the working whereby he is able even to subdue all things unto himself. We have a wonderful hope and I encourage you brothers and sisters also to read and study I Thessalonians 4: 13-18 and I Corinthians 15: 51-54!!! As believers we know now Love, Hope and Faith. As we are in heaven with the Rapture of the Church only Love will remain!!! With patience we will wait for this moment and in between we can tell people about the Gospel of the Grace of God and about salvation in Christ through His finished work on Calvary! 2 Corinthians 5:19-21!!!
Titus 2 verse 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.
Verse 14: Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ gave Himself for us with this purpose: to redeem us from all iniquity. He redeemed us from all wickedness/evil, unrighteousness. We are now right in His eyes through the Lord Jesus Christ. Without guilt we are before our living God! The second here and purify unto Himself. What is purifying? to make pure: such to clear from material defilement or imperfection. to free from guilt or moral or ceremonial blemish. A peculiar people:God's own chosen people. We are the members of that Body, the Church and He Christ is the Head of the Church. Zealous of good works which were ordained by God Ephesians 2:10. That through this Church His Gospel of Grace Acts 20:24, Romans 16:25-26 and His manifold wisdom will be known unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places. This is and was God's purpose before the world began.
Titus 2 verse 15
These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.
Verse 15: Titus is here to exhort from the apostle Paul to speak, exhort and rebuke people there on Crete so that they may learn the truth, the Gospel of the Grace of God Colossians 1:5-6 and Acts 20:24. With all authority: Titus got the authority from Paul to do this on Crete which was a heavy task for Titus who was the first bishop there. We too if we know Gods Gospel of the Grace and rightly dividing Romans 16:25-26 and 2 Timothy 2:15! We have the same task and personally I got this authority from the St Louis Bible Fellowship USA to bring the Gospel of the Grace of God here in the Netherlands. Titus was a pastor/biishop and a young man! In I Timothy 4 verse 12 we read: Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation, in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity. The same was for Titus. Let no man despise thee. What does that mean? To look down on with disrespect or aversion. Also for us who bring the Gospel of the Grace of God and rightly dividing the Word of Truth
Titus 3 verse 1
Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers,
to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,
Verse 1: Titus the first bishop on the island of Crete had to put the believers in mind to be subject to principalities and powers. Probably there were believers in the Lord Jesus Christ which the authority from the local government underminded thats why Titus hat to put this in the mind of the believers to obey instead of disobeying. This we have also to do my dear brothers and sisters. We are not going to rebel against the local governments, police and others who are above us. Romans 13 verse 1- 4 tells us: Let every soul be subject unto the higher powers. For there is no power but of God: the powers that be are ordained of God. Whosoever therefore resisteth the power, resisteth the ordinance of God: and they that resist shall receive to themselves damnation. For rulers are not a terror to good works, but to the evil. Wilt thou then not be afraid of the power? do that which is good, and thou shalt have praise of the same: For he is the minister of God to thee for good. But if thou do that which is evil, be afraid; for he beareth not the sword in vain: for he is the minister of God, a revenger to execute wrath upon him that doeth evil.
If they obeyed the magistrates and principalities and powers the believers on Crete were ready to every good work
and a good example for unbelievers and other believers on the island. The same applies to us my dear brothers and sisters. Indirect it is also for us to do this. First it must come to our mind and later to do it in practice.
Titus 3 verse 2
To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
Verse 2: Titus was left on the island of Crete with a big task. It was not only to appoint elders. The believers inclusive the elders had not to speak evil of no man. It is so easy to speak evil about somebody you know or gossip about someone. If we are led by our flesh than it comes very easy. But we are different my dear brothers and sisters, we are in Christ and we have to behave ourselves different than the unbelievers and so the believers of Crete had to do the same. We are no better so this admonishing is not only for them in the first place, also for us in the second. We have still the sin nature. To be no brawlers. What is the meaning? A quarreller, a screamer. But gentle: be kind and shewing all meekness unto all men. Meekness is patience to all men. That is sometimes not easy to do but if we do it more and more people see change in our behaviour and attitude and maybe think about it. Galatians 5 verse 22 and 23: But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law. No law means that we sin not if we walk in the Spirit! We can not do it from ourselves but let the Spirit of God through His Word work in us and also prayer has a big roll in it.
Titus 3 verse 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.
Verse 3: We ourselves my dear brothers and sisters in Christ were some time foolish. What says the fool in his heart? Psalm 14 verse 1 says: The fool hath said in his heart, there is no God. The fool is the impious man. We were all fools my dear brothers and sisters. We were disobedient to God because we didn't know Him and we couldn't serve Him. Deceived to deceive means to trick or lie. We were deceived by satan and we were under his control because he is the greatest deceiver. He is the liar from the first moment, he is the man killer. We served our flesh, sin. We couldn't do otherwise. Living in malice is anger, hateful and hating each other. Jealousy is this also. Because of all this we have a lot of wars in the world and the human race could not stop it. They could not change it. Ephesians 2 verse 2 and 3 tells us: Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience: Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others. This my dear brothers and sisters were we before we knew our Lord Jesus Christ as personal Saviour. This is the spirit who works still in the children of disobedience: the unbelievers. We live in a world and maybe 95% of the population is unbelievers in the world. You are born with the sin nature and you serve naturally sin. You cannot choose as unbeliever. You can try to do your best but you cannot save yourself. You need a Saviour and God in Christ is that Saviour. In the next verses we read what God did in Christ for us to save us!
Titus 3 verse 4
But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
Verse 4: God's kindness and love of Him and our Saviour had appeared toward man. His kindness and love for this world God made ik known to the apostle Paul through revelations and the apostle Paul was the first who told the world this through the 13 epistles we have. And still we can read and study them and find the real kindness and love of God toward us that Christ died for our sins and that He is risen for our righteousness. Romans 4 verse 25. This kindness and love of Him was only known by Him before the world began and God revealed this for the first time to the apostle Paul who was before a blashemer and a murderer Galatians 1 verse 13-16. That God in Christ is our Savior and we can read this in the epistles of the apostle Paul now is very great. What a wonderful God we have my dear brothers and sisters!!!
Titus 3 verse 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;
Verse 5: He saved us not by works of righteousness which we have done. He saved us how? How? |The answer we read here: but according to His mercy! Salvation does not depend on our works my dear brothers and sisters!!! It is according His mercy. What is mercy? Mercy is forgiveness. The Bible speaks of God's love for sinners – that is, for all of us my dear brothers and sisters. By what? By the washing of regeneration. It is a cleansing of spiritual renovation, a rebirth. It is not a waterbaptism here but a cleansing by the blood of Christ which was shed for us on the cross!! Religious rites or works cannot reach God and this is not for salvation, we cannot be saved by this. And renewing of the Holy Ghost: renovation by the Holy Spirit who lives in us now and we are sealed with the Holy Spirit Ephesians 1:13-14. A beautiful verse we read in Romans 8 verse 16: The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit tat we are the children of God. And in the same chapter in verse 11 we read: But if the Spirit of Him that raised up Jesus form the dead dwell in you, He that raised up Christ from the dead shall also quicken your mortal bodies by His Spirit that dwelleth in you" What a wonderful God we have and brothers and sisters learn this to understand because in this Word of God is the wisdom of God!!!
Titus 3 verse 6
Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
Verse 6 What had God shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior? Answer: His Grace. That we are saved by His Grace through Faith and that not of ourselves, it is a Gift of God. By Grace alone, by Faith alone and in Christ alone we are saved and that God shed on us abundantly. We are rich in Him, in Christ and that is more than all the richdom on this earth we possess. We have eternal life trough Him. Think about this: Eternal life!!! Ephesians 2:8-9
Titus 3 verse 7
That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life
Verse 7: This is very Great what God had done for us. He justified us by His Grace through Jesus Christ . Through this Grace God had given us we are made heirs according to the hope of eternal life. Let us read Titus 1 verse2: In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began. We are saved my brothers and sisters not through religious works like waterbaptism, circumcision, our own so named works but by God's Grace through faith! Faith? It is and was the faithfulness of our Lord Jesus Christ to pay for our sins and took the guilt which we had upon Himself on that cross on Calvary. Before the foundation of the world this plan was known by God that He would save this world through His Son Jesus Christ. In II Timothy 1 verse 9 we read: Who hath saved us, and called us with an holy calling, not according to our works, but according to his own purpose and grace, which was given us in Christ Jesus before the world began. We have a wonderful and great God and Savior my dear brothers and sisters!!! Thank Him for all we have in Him!!
Titus 3 verse 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.
Verse 8: The apostle Paul used these words often: This is a faithful saying: We find this in I Timothy 1:15, I Timothy 3 verse 1, I Timothy 4 vers 9, 2 Timothy 2:11-12 and Titus 3:8. This verse means if people believe or trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as Savior and believe in Gods Grace they understand that they stand in God's Work and may walk in it. Ephesians 2 verse 10 tells us For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them. Through the fact that we can walk in the Work of God through Jesus Christ that is wonderful my dear brothers and sisters. We can read I Corinthians 15 verse 1 and 2: Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. The Gospel of the Grace of God is good and profitable unto men and specially that believers in Christ maintain good works which God before had ordained. This was one of the tasks Titus had to do and also now the ones under us who will bring the Word of the Grace of God Acts 20:24, Romans 16:25-26
Titus 3 verse 9
But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions,
and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
Verse 9: The apostle Paul admonishes the young Titus here in this verse to avoid foolish questions at first. Foolish are stupid questions. Not to build someone up. To avoid genealogies: What are genealogies? to reckon by generations, to avoid contentions=to strife and strivings about the law: All these things were not profitable and vain. It will not build up. This is what Titus as a bishop on the island of Crete had to do. To busy with genealogies: in the end we come all of Adam the first man who sinned and became a sinner. We are sinners too but saved by Jesus Christ our Lord, because we believed in our Lord Jesus Christ and accept Him as personal Savior. II Timothy 2 verse 23-26 tells us: But foolish and unlearned questions avoid, knowing that they do gender strifes. And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; And that they may recover themselves out of the snare of the devil, who are taken captive by him at his will. We are admonished to do the same like Titus had did namely: be busy with the Word of God and avoid things which are not profitable. Keep this in mind my brothers and sisters if we preach the Word of Gods Grace!!!
Titus 3 verse 10
A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;
Verse 10: What does this verse say to us? Strong words we see here from the apostle Paul to Titus. Reject a heretick. It comes form the Greek word hairetikos, a schismatic. Someone who divorced from the Gospel of the Grace of God and the rightly dividing Acts 20:24, 32 and 2 Timothy 2:15. The apostle Paul instructs Titus to admonish this person a brother or a sister once and again that if possible he or she may brought back, that a brother or sister should be gain but if this not works you have to cast him out of the congregation (local church) In Romans 16 verse 17 and 18 we see a instruction: Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple. This will not say that you as believers in Christ who stand for the truth, the Gospel of the Grace of God the one who opposes must consider as a enemy. On the other hand you cannot deal with such persons the Gospel of the Grace of God. It is also for such a heretick a fact of willful nature.
Titus 3 verse 11
Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.
Verse 11: With such a person it is not a manner of doctrines of beliefs but of a willful nature. That person the apostle Paul says is subverted and sinneth and is condemned of himself. These are persons who will not be reclaimed by admonitions but are obstinate in their sins and errors. These persons leads a wrong life, not the walk God wants. This person is unstable and lives according the flesh with ups and downs, tossed to and fro. Ephesians 4 verse 14. The local church has to preserve its own purity by severing a corrupt member like this Then the local churh stays healthy
Titus 3 verse 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.
Verse 12: The apostle Paul was in Nicopolis and asked Titus to come to him. It was that Titus had to make a serious plan to come to him. But first the apostle Paul must send Artemas and Tychicus as soon as possible to suppy Titus place. From the man Artemas we know not so much. He is only mentioned here in this verse. Tychicus is mentioned more times and was a very respectful man. In Acts 20: 4 we read: And there accompanied him into Asia Sopater of Berea, and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus, adn Gaius of Derbe,, and Timotheus; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus. Paul calls him a beloved brother, a faithful minister and fellowservant of the Lord. Ephesians 6 verse 21 This will say a lot of someone. It says that such a brother in the Lord is fit for service and can replace another man who is faithful in the Lord. These 2 men could replace for a time Titus on the island of Crete. This is also very important in the local church when you have a local church. When the pastor had to be replaced for a time there must be a capable man who can replace him: can teach the Word of God and pastorate the local church.
Titus 3 verse 13
Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that nothing be wanting unto them.
Verse 13: Another personal charge to Titus is that he would bring two of his brothers in the Lord on their journey diligently. Personally Titus had to bring them very carefully on their way/journey so that nothing be wanting unto them. What does that mean? That they should not lack of something. Who was Zenas? We read that he was a lawyer. He was a jurist. Apollos was an eminent and faithful minister in the Lord Jesus Christ. In Acts 18 verse 24-28 we read for the first time about him. Read this for yourself my brother and sisters/reader! So Titus had to accompany them for their work and journeys and this was a pious and needful service. We can learn a lot of this in helping other brothers and sisters in the Body of Christ.
Titus 3 verse 14
And let our's also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.
Verse 14: It was very important for Titus on Crete to admonish the believers in Christ to maintain good works for necessary uses. Good works. What does that mean? That someone has to do good works from him or herself? No that the Spirit of God will lead them through His Word and they may walk in the Work of the Lord. In Ephesians 2 verse 10 we read: For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them" This is also for us my brothers and sisters! A believer who is unfruitful in the Body of Christ is a tragedy and the person cannot grow up in Christ and this has also influence on others so in a local church and outside the local church you do not want this. Think about thisIt depends on the will of the believer if God can work in the believer through His Spirit.
Titus 3 verse 15
All that are with me salute thee. Greet them that love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.
Verse 15: This is the last verse of this beautiful pastoral epistle of Paul to Titus his son in the faith. This is the last greeting: All that are with me salute thee. Paul was in Nicopolis when he wrote this to Titus. For a while Paul was released from prison and he travelled again. All the ones who were with him. Who were they? The Bible don't say it but what we know is that Luke was always with him. Titus had to greet anyone there on Crete who loves Paul and others with him in the faith. And in all his epistles the apostle Paul ends with Grace be with you all. Amen. We have a God of Grace and His Grace is always with us. Amen. It is very good to know the deeper meaning and then you can heartily say Amen.