Today’s reading is: Tit. 1-3
Titus Chapter One
- The salutation to Titus is the most extended description of Paul’s apostolic ministry in any of his epistle salutations (Tit. 1:1-4).
- The letter begins with a reminder of Paul’s reason for leaving Titus in Crete (Tit. 1:5).
- To set in order what remains.
- To appoint elders in every city according to Paul’s direction. Titus was evidently a pastor-teacher by gift, serving in Paul’s apostolic ministry, manifesting God the Father’s effects in supervising multiple local churches throughout Crete.
- Qualifications for the elder (Tit. 1:5) / overseer (Tit. 1:7) are similar to the parallel passage written to Timothy (Tit. 1:6-9; 1st Tim. 3:1-7).
- Humble, God-fearing Pastors are critical in order to combat the arrogant, rebellious false teachers (Tit. 1:10-16).
Titus Chapter Two
- Paul emphasizes for Titus how sound doctrine will have practical application in the daily lives of believers (Tit. 2:1-15).
- Older men and women have fruitful ministries to younger men and women—teaching the Word of God through the examples of their lives (Tit. 2:2-5).
- Younger believers are to also conduct their lives in an exemplary manner (Tit. 2:6-8).
- Bond-slaves also have opportunity to live their faith for the glory of Christ (Tit. 2:9-10).
- Every believer has the duty to reject ungodliness and manifest godliness in our daily anticipation of the happy hope (Rapture) and the subsequent glorious appearing (Second Advent) of Jesus Christ (Tit. 2:11-14).
- The urgency that results from imminency is a doctrinal matter that must be diligently taught. “Speak and exhort and reprove with all authority” (Tit. 2:15).
Titus Chapter Three
- When a believer is properly oriented in his spiritual life, that believer can also provide temporal life blessings to his community (Tit. 3:1-2).
- Godliness is motivated by appreciation in the believer’s soul for what we are now compared with what we used to be (Tit. 3:3-7).
- Pastors need to teach the Word confidently, and demonstrate for the flock the priority of pursuing the good works that God saved us to perform (Tit. 3:8; Eph. 2:10).
- Factious men need to be removed from the assembly as soon as possible (Tit. 3:9-11).
- Paul closes the Book with personal instructions for Titus regarding his successor on Crete, and two other ministers passing through town (Tit. 3:12-15).