Titus represented all the other non-Jewish people who became Christians and were completely accepted by God through their faith in Jesus Christ—like most of us! Author: Titus 1:1 identifies the apostle Paul as the author of the Book of Titus. When Paul left Antioch for Jerusalem to discuss the gospel of grace Acts 15:1f with the leaders there, he took Titus a Gentile with him Gal 2:1-3 as an example of one accepted by grace without circumcision. During the interim from the time of the apostles to the transition to elders and deacons, these men were sent by Paul as his apostolic representatives to repel and deal with certain conditions and people who were threatening to hurt the work and ministries of these churches. He was then dispatched to Corinth, Greece, where he successfully reconciled the Christian community there with Paul, its founder. Common Worship Lectionary: a Scriptures Commentary. The description of elders and of proper Christian living appear to be worded for intentional contrast with these false teachers. In the 46 verses of all 3 chapters, Paul reminds Titus of the reason he was left in Crete and directs him on how to finish planting the Church in Crete.
Titus was of Greek ancestry evidently converted to the Lord by Paul himself. Titus was a full Gentile. What is so significant about that? If you or I were doing this especially today we would probably first work to get the organization in good administrative order and then worry about the doctrine. For we too were once foolish, disobedient, misled, enslaved to various passions and desires, spending our lives in evil and envy, hateful and hating one another. First, these men were official representatives of the apostle Paul whom he dispatched to various churches at Ephesus and Crete.
Since his death is not recorded in Acts, he was apparently released from his first imprisonment in Rome, traveled over the empire for several years perhaps even to Spain , was rearrested, imprisoned a second time in Rome, and martyred under Nero; 2 nothing in the church organization reflected in the pastorals requires a later date see Acts 14:23; Phil. The Ottoman Empire came to an end with the outbreak of the First World War. To help Titus continue in his faith in Christ, Paul suggested Titus come to Nicopolis and bring with him two other members of the church Titus 3:12-13. Is this selection to be carried out by the board of elders, by the congregation, or by both working together? Overview of the Book of Titus. Timothy may have witnessed the stoning of Paul at Lystra.
Titus has a very close affinity with , sharing similar phrases and expressions and similar subject matter. From the time of Moses, by the command of God, all priests had to trace their lineage back to Aaron, the brother of Moses and by the Word of God the first priest. Paul brought him to Jerusalem Galatians 2:1-4 to show the apostles and other Jewish believers how a Greek non-Jew could love God just as much as they did. Related Topics: Melanie Newton specializes in training women for Lifestyle Disciplemaking. Three years earlier Christianity had become the official religion of the Roman Empire. Titus was talented and a very able man but that did not allow him to dominate as he was working with Paul instead became a like minded person like Paul.
The letter to Titus was written about the same time as the first letter to Timothy and is very similar to it. However, there is a strong consensus among biblical scholars that Titus is a pseudo-Pauline epistle written during the second century to address concerns that arose during the first half of the second century. I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith. In Rome, a favorite resort for runaway slaves, he had been converted to Christ by Paul. Development of the Early Church in Crete The sizeable Jewish population in Crete at that time, which probably formed most of the early church, was of particular significance for the history of Christianity on the island, influencing the development of a church tradition and culture. As a Gentile Christian, Titus would have been particularly effective in combating the heresy of the Judaizers.
Hampton wrote many articles for the Biblical Studies Foundation and on. The Venetian Empire The subsequent history of the church in Crete was influenced by the many invasions and conquests the islanders saw right up until modern times. They managed to take over the city and they fortified the area. The decision was in favor of the free promulgation of the gospel, as preached by Paul, and unrestricted by Jewish ordinances. In the rest of the book we see Paul urging a pattern of good works and stressing that sound doctrine requires right living 2:1-3:15.
Then, either from Macedonia or Nicopolis, Paul wrote the epistle to encourage Titus and instruct him. The development of the church in the eastern and western worlds thereafter took separate courses. Paul joined Titus in Corinth later. His chief business was evidently to deal with the cases of immorality which had occurred there. Now Paul urged him to rekindle his gift.
New York: Robert Appleton, 1914. Records, mainly in the form of writings of the early bishops, suggest that the early church in Crete saw steady growth from the second century until the Arab conquest in the ninth century. He became an expert of Islamic theology, jurisprudence, philosophy, tasawwaf Islamic mysticism and mantiq. So here are some suggestions to think about: Suggestion 1. So, while our methods will often vary, they must never contradict the moral or spiritual principles of the Word of God which are in accord with godliness see Tit.
Paul thought of Titus not only as a very faithful friend but also as his spiritual son because he had led him to trust Christ. Connections: Once again, Paul finds it necessary to instruct the leaders of the church to be on guard against the Judaizers, those who sought to add works to the gift of grace which produces salvation. Paul was evidently at Nicopolis, or planning to arrive there shortly for winter, and wanted Titus to join him there upon completion of his mission 3:12. There is no argument against Pauline authorship that does not have a reasonable answer. The possession of slaves did not necessarily indicate great wealth, unless their number was considerable. To give instruction concerning this opposition, to warn about false teachers, and give instructions concerning faith and conduct 1:5, 10-11; 2:1-8, 15; 3:1-11.