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Titus the Man
Titus was a companion and helper of Paul for a period of about 20 years, possibly longer, but he is only mentioned four times during that period:
Did Titus Desert Paul?
Do thy diligence to come shortly unto me: for Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica; Crescens to Galatia; Titus unto Dalmatia. (2 Timothy 4:9-10)
Similarities Between The Epistles to Timothy And Titus
There exists a visible affinity between the Epistle to Titus and the first Epistle to Timothy. Both letters were addressed to persons left by the writer to preside in their respective churches during his absence. Both letters are principally occupied in describing the qualifications to be sought for, in those whom they should appoint to offices in the church; and the ingredients of this description are in both letters nearly the same. Timothy and Titus are likewise cautioned against the same prevailing corruptions, and in particular against the same misdirection of their cares and studies. This affinity obtains, not only in the subject of the letters, which, from the similarity of situation in the persons to whom they were addressed, might be expected to be somewhat alike, but extends, in a great variety of instances, to the phrases and expressions. The writer accosts his two friends with the same salutation, and passes on to the business of his letter by the same transition.
The Coming of Titus at Macedonia
When I came to Troas to preach Christ’s gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord, I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother; but taking my leave of them, I went from thence into Macedonia. (2 Corinthians 2:12-13)
Backgrounds of the Epistles: The Epistle to Titus
Before dealing with the Epistle it may be well to say something about Paul’s movements after his release from imprisonment, so far as they can be gathered from his letters. He intended to visit Macedonia, for he told the Philippians that he purposed to see them on his journey,¹. He also intended to go to Asia Minor, where he hoped to stay with Philemon of Colossae² That journey would take him through Ephesus, where, as has been seen, he left Timothy. After that the only thing certain is that he visited Crete, where he left Titus, to whom the epistle under consideration was sent. After that he purposed to spend a winter in Nicopolis.
Read Scripture: Titus
Watch the book of Titus come to life in this animated sketch of its literary design. Paul commissions Titus to bring order to the house churches on the Island of Crete. He shows how the Gospel can transform Cretan culture from within as Jesus’ followers depend on the spirit of God to empower a totally new way of life. We diagram the book based off of its literary design and we draw attention to the main themes.
Honourable, was with Paul and Barnabas at Antioch, and accompanied them to the council at Jerusalem (Galatians 2:1-3; Acts 15:2), although his name nowhere occurs in the Acts of the Apostles. He appears to have been a Gentile, and to have been chiefly engaged in ministering to Gentiles; for Paul sternly refused to have him circumcised, inasmuch as in his case the cause of gospel liberty was at stake. We find him, at a later period, with Paul and Timothy at Ephesus, whence he was sent by Paul to Corinth for the purpose of getting the contributions of the church there in behalf of the poor saints at Jerusalem sent forward (2 Corinthians 8:6; 12:18). He rejoined the apostle when he was in Macedonia, and cheered him with the tidings he brought from Corinth (7:6-15). After this his name is not mentioned till after Paul’s first imprisonment, when we find him engaged in the organization of the church in Crete, where the apostle had left him for this purpose (Titus 1:5). The last notice of him is in 2 Timothy 4:10, where we find him with Paul at Rome during his second imprisonment. From Rome he was sent into Dalmatia, no doubt on some important missionary errand. We have no record of his death. He is not mentioned in the Acts.
Pastoral Epistles, The
The First and Second Epistles to Timothy, and the Epistle to Titus form a distinct group among the letters written by Paul, and are now known as the Pastoral Epistles because they were addressed to two Christian ministers. When Timothy and Titus received these epistles they were not acting, as they had previously done, as missionaries or itinerant evangelists, but had been left by Paul in charge of churches; the former having the oversight of the church in Ephesus, and the latter having the care of the churches in the island of Crete. The Pastoral Epistles were written to guide them in the discharge of the duties devolving upon them as Christian pastors. Such is a general description of these epistles. In each of them, however, there is a great deal more than is covered or implied by the designation, “Pastoral”—much that is personal, and much also that is concerned with Christian faith and doctrine and practice generally.
tī ́tus (Τίτος, Títos (2 Corinthians 2:13; 7:6, 7:13 ff; 8:6, 8:16, 8:23; 12:18; Galatians 2:1, 2:3; 2 Timothy 4:10; Titus 1:4)):
Ti’tus, (Graecized Τιτος, a common Latin name, e.g. of the celebrated Roman emperor whose triumphal arch [q.v.] still stands in Rome; once in the Apocrypha [2 Macc. 11:34] of a Roman ambassador to the Jews, SEE MANLIUS ), a noted Christian teacher, and fellow-laborer of Paul. He was of Greek origin (possibly a native of. Antioch), but was converted by the apostle, who therefore calls him his own son in the faith (Galatians 2; 3; Titus 1:4). This is all that we know of his early history. The following is an account of his later movements and of the epistle to him. King (Who was St. Titus? [Dublin, 1853, 8vo]) tries to identify him with Timothy.
Epistle to Titus
The Epistle of Paul to Titus, usually referred to simply as Titus, is one of the three Pastoral Epistles (along with 1 Timothy and 2 Timothy) traditionally attributed to Paul the Apostle and is part of the New Testament. It is addressed to Saint Titus and describes the requirements and duties of elders and bishops. Like 2 Timothy, this epistle is considered to be Paul’s final instructions to early church leaders before his final departure.