To view a Bible study select the desired chapter.
Titus was Paul's companion on his missionary journeys. He took him along with Barnabus on his first visit to Jerusalem after his conversion (Galatians 2:1). Titus was a Greek and although there was some contention as to whether Gentiles should be circumcised Paul resisted the pressure put on him to circumcise Titus and the Jewish believers did not press the matter (Galatians 2:3). When visiting Troas Paul became quite concerned when he did not find Titus there (2 Corinthians 2: 13) so he went on to Macedonia. Titus was a man after Paul's own heart for he had a concern and care for the church at Corinth (2 Corinthians 8: 16) and like Paul never took advantage of them; they were of the same spirit on this subject (2 Corinthians 12:18). Paul had sent Titus to Crete and placed him as overseer of the church on this island. His main task was to appoint elders over the churches and to instruct them in sound doctrine and to oppose the false teachers this is the purpose of writing this letter to Titus.
1. Greetings 1 - 4.
V1. Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect and the acknowledgment of the truth which accords with godliness,
As was the custom Paul puts his name at the beginning of the letter and his credentials. He had surrendered his whole life to the service of his Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and quite rightly says that he is slave to his master. He was no longer his own for he was bought with a great price (1 Corinthians 6:20). He is not a self styled apostle but was called and appointed by Jesus Christ to proclaim the Gospel message and to teach the truth on how to live godly lives.
V2. in hope of eternal life which God, who cannot lie, promised before time began,
This truth gives them the assurance that all believers have eternal life which God, who cannot lie, had promised before the world began (1 John 5:11).
V3. but has in due time manifested His word through preaching, which was committed to me according to the commandment of God our Savior;
In the time that God had appointing He has now known His Word and revealed through His only begotten Son the Lord Jesus Christ. It is according to the command of God our Saviour that Paul preaches Salvation through Jesus Christ to everyone.
V4. To Titus, a true son in our common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior.
Having made known who the writer of the letter is Paul now tells us that he is writing the letter to Titus whom he calls "my own son" in the authorized version that suggests Paul led him to the Lord. He closes his greeting in his usual manner grace the unmerited favour of God's blessings, mercy His lovingkindness and compassion and peace, heart peace, the peace that passes all understanding. The source of which is God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour.
2. The Standard Set for Appointing Elders 5 - 9.
V5. For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking, and appoint elders in every city as I commanded you—
Crete is the largest island in the Mediterranean. There is no record of Paul having visted it before being taken as a prisoner to Rome when he spent some time there (Acts 27: 7, 12, 21). On the day of Pentecost when the Holy Spirit descended there were Cretans present for they heard the disciples speaking their language (Acts 2:11). Paul had complete confidence in Titus that he was able sort out the Cretan believers and straighten them out on doctrine and Christian behaviour. He was also to appoint elders in every city.
V6. if a man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of dissipation or insubordination.
In setting out the standard required for appointing a person as an elder Paul is also outlining the principles of living the Christian life for every believer. Elders were to be a good example of this. There is to be nothing in the life of a man that anyone can point an accusing finger at the church. He is to have only one wife i.e. he is to be faithful to his wife. This does not mean that an unmarried man cannot be appointed an elder neither does it exclude a man who has remarried if his wife has died. However, it would exclude those who have divorced and remarried. His children must be believers who do not have a reputation of having loose morals and of being wild and rebellious.
V7. For a bishop must be blameless, as a steward of God, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not given to wine, not violent, not greedy for money,
The word used for bishop is different to that used for an elder (episkopos - bishop, presbuteros - elder) the New Testament uses these terms interchangeable so there is virtually no difference between them as far as rank is concerned. These men should be of unquestionable integrity, i.e. moral soundness, nothing wanting. As a steward of God's inheritance he is not to do his "own thing" or force his will upon God's people. He should be control in his temper and not be distinguished by his anger. He should not drink much wine or be of a violent quarrelsome nature nor greedy for money.
V8. but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled,
He must be fond of having guests in his home to treat them in a cordial manner, a lover of what is good be sensible and discreet. Upright and fair, unbiased, live a devout and disciplined life.
V9. holding fast the faithful word as he has been taught, that he may be able, by sound doctrine, both to exhort and convict those who contradict.
He must hold fast to the truth of the Word of God that he was taught in so that he will be able to exhort and instruct in sound doctrine and withstand those who oppose it.
3. Firmly Correct False Teaching 10 - 16.
V10. For there are many insubordinate, both idle talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision,
There are many people who will not submit to the authority of God's word or to those to whom He has given authority to in His Church (Hebrews 13:17). They mislead people with their empty words they deceive themselves and others. This is especially true of those who insist that circumcision is necessary for salvation.
V11. whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole households, teaching things which they ought not, for the sake of dishonest gain.
Their lieing mouths must be shut up or literally "they must begagged" for they are turning away whole families from the truth by their false teaching. The only reason that they do it is to get money.
V12. Even one of their own men, a prophet from Crete, has said about them, "The people of Crete are all liars, cruel animals, and lazy gluttons."
From this verse Paul includes also Cretans as well Jews as being false teachers. He says that even one of their own prophets said of the people of Crete that they are generally liars, evil beasts, lazy and useless and excessive drinkers and eaters. According to Jerome this whole verse occurs in the works of Epimenides who was a native of Cnossus in Crete.
V13. This testimony is true. Therefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith,
Paul from his own experience with Cretans confirms what the poet said about these people. He therefore exhorts Titus to be firm with them, to stand for no nonsense but deal with them severely for their own goothat they may stand firm and strong in the faith.
V14. not giving heed to Jewish fables and commandments of men who turn from the truth.
They must showtheir steadfastness in the faith by not listening to Jewish myths and rules and regulations by men who have turned away from the truth.
V15. To the pure all things are pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; but even their mind and conscience are defiled.
The attraction to Jewish legalism was binding the Cretan believers to a condition of "Do not touch, do not taste, do not handle," (Colossians 2:21, 1 Timothy 2:3) so Paul says that everything is pure to those whose hearts are made pure in Christ but nothing is pure to those who are corrupt and unbelievers because their very minds and consciences are polluted with sin (Romans 14:14).
V16. They profess to know God, but in works they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and disqualified for every good work.
Such people claim to know God, to be Christians, but they deny Him by the way they behave and live. They are detestable and cannot be persuaded in accepting the truth because they are rebellious (1 Timothy 1:9). They are worthless for any good works of any kind.
Introducing the NEW free Bible study resource!
Free monthly magazine for those wishing
to go deeper into God's Word!
Further Reading Resources for you - Titus
Copyright (2012) Sharon Full Gospel Church, UK. Reg. Charity No. 1050642 www.sharonchurch.co.uk
More free online Bible studies
Matthew | Matthew 2 Bible study | Matthew 3 Bible study | Matthew 4 Bible study | Matthew 5 Bible study | Matthew 6 Bible study | Matthew 7 Bible study | Matthew 8 Bible study | Matthew 9 Bible study | Matthew 10 Bible study | Matthew 11 Bible study | Matthew 12 Bible study | Matthew 13 Bible study | Matthew 14 Bible study | Matthew 15 Bible study | Matthew 16 Bible study | Matthew 17 Bible study | Matthew 18 Bible study | Matthew 19 Bible study | Matthew 20 Bible study | Matthew 21 Bible study | Matthew 22 Bible study | Matthew 23 Bible study | Matthew 24 Bible study | Matthew 25 Bible study | Matthew 26 Bible study | Matthew 27 Bible study | Matthew 28 Bible study | Mark | Mark 2 Bible study | Mark 3 Bible study | Mark 4 Bible study | Mark 5 Bible study | Mark 6 Bible study | Mark 7 Bible Study | Mark 8 Bible study | Mark 9 Bible Study | Mark 10 Bible study | Mark 11 Bible study | Mark 12 Bible study | Mark 13 Bible study | Mark 14 Bible study | Mark 15 Bible study | Mark 16 Bible study | Luke | Luke 2 Bible study | Luke 3 Bible study | Luke 4 Bible Study | Luke 5 Bible Study | Luke 6 Bible Study | Luke 7 Bible Study | Luke 8 Bible Study | Luke 9 Bible Study | Luke 10 Bible Study | Luke 11 Bible Study | Luke 12 Bible Study | Luke 13 Bible Study | Luke 14 Bible Study | Luke 15 Bible Study | Luke 16 Bible Study | Luke 17 Bible Study | Luke 18 Bible study | Luke 19 Bible Study | Luke 20 Bible Study | Luke 21 Bible Study | Luke 22 Bible Study | Luke 23 Bible Study | Luke 24 Bible Study | John | John 2 Bible study | John 3 Bible study | John 4 Bible study | John 5 Bible study | John 6 Bible study | John 7 Bible study | John 8 Bible study | John 9 Bible study | John 10 Bible study | John 11 Bible study | John 12 Bible study | John 13 Bible study | John 14 Bible study | John 15 Bible study | John 16 Bible study | John 17 Bible study | John 18 Bible study | John 19 Bible study | John 20 Bible study | John 21 Bible study | Acts | Acts 2 Bible study | Acts 3 Bible study | Acts 4 Bible study | Acts 5 Bible study | Acts 6 Bible study | Acts 7 Bible study | Acts 8 Bible study | Acts 9 Bible study | Acts 10 Bible study | Acts 11 Bible study | Acts 12 Bible study | Acts 13 Bible study | Acts 14 Bible study | Acts 15 Bible study | Acts 16 Bible study | Acts 17 Bible study | Acts 18 Bible study | Acts 19 Bible study | Acts 20 Bible study | Acts 21 Bible study | Acts 22 Bible study | Acts 23 Bible study | Acts 24 Bible study | Acts 25 Bible study | Acts 26 Bible study | Acts 27 Bible study | Acts 28 Bible study | Romans | Romans 2 Bible Study | Romans 3 Bible Study | Romans 4 Bible Study | Romans 5 Bible Study | Romans 6 Bible study | Romans 7 Bible study | Romans 8 Bible Study | Romans 9 Bible study | Romans 10 Bible study | Romans 11 Bible study | Romans 12 Bible study | Romans 13 Bible study | Romans 14 Bible study| Romans 15 Bible study|Romans 16 Bible study|1 Corinthians | 1 Corinthians 2 Bible study | 1 Corinthians 3 Bible study | 1 Corinthians 4 Bible study | 1 Corinthians 5 Bible study | 1 Corinthians 6 Bible study | 1 Corinthians 7 Bible study | 1 Corinthians 8 Bible study | 1 Corinthians 9 Bible study | 1 Corinthians 10 Bible study | 1 Corinthians 11 Bible study | 1 Corinthians 12 Bible study | 1 Corinthians 13 Bible study | 1 Corinthians 14 Bible study | 1 Corinthians 15 Bible study | 1 Corinthians 16 Bible study | 2 Corinthians | 2 Corinthians 2 Bible study | 2 Corinthians 3 Bible study | 2 Corinthians 4 Bible study | 2 Corinthians 5 Bible study | 2 Corinthians 6 Bible study | 2 Corinthians 7 Bible study | 2 Corinthians 8 Bible study | 2 Corinthians 9 Bible study | 2 Corinthians 10 Bible study | 2 Corinthians 11 Bible study | 2 Corinthians 12 Bible study | 2 Corinthians 13 Bible study | Galatians | Galatians 2 Bible study | Galatians 3 Bible study | Galatians 4 Bible study | Galatians 5 Bible study | Galatians 6 Bible study | Ephesians | Ephesians 2 Bible study | Ephesians 3 Bible study | Ephesians 4 Bible study| Ephesians 5 Bible study| Ephesians 6 Bible study| Philippians | Philippians 2 Bible Study | Philippians 3 Bible Study | Philippians 4 Bible Study | Colossians | Colossians 2 Bible study | Colossians 3 Bible study | Colossians 4 Bible study | 1 Thessalonians | 1 Thessalonians 2 Bible study | 1 Thessalonians 3 Bible study | 1 Thessalonians 4 Bible study | 1 Thessalonians 5 Bible study | 2 Thessalonians | 2 Thessalonians 2 Bible study | 2 Thessalonians 3 Bible study | 1 Timothy | 1 Timothy 2 Bible study| 1 Timothy 3 Bible study | 1 Timothy 4 Bible study| 1 Timothy 5 Bible study| 1 Timothy 6 Bible study| 2 Timothy | 2 Timothy 2 Bible study | 2 Timothy 3 Bible study | 2 Timothy 4 Bible study |Titus | Titus 2 Bible study | Titus 3 Bible study | Philemon | Hebrews | Hebrews 2 Bible study | Hebrews 3 Bible study | Hebrews 4 Bible study | Hebrews 5 Bible study | Hebrews 6 Bible study | Hebrews 7 Bible study | Hebrews 8 Bible study | Hebrews 9 Bible study | Hebrews 10 Bible study | Hebrews 11 Bible study | Hebrews 12 Bible study | Hebrews 13 Bible study | James | James 2 Bible study | James 3 Bible study | James 4 Bible study | James 5 Bible study | 1 Peter | 1 Peter 2 Bible study | 1 Peter 3 Bible study | 1 Peter 4 Bible study | 1 Peter 5 Bible study | 2 Peter | 2 Peter 2 Bible study | 2 Peter 3 Bible study | 1 John | 1 John 2 Bible study | 1 John 3 Bible study | 1 John 4 Bible study | 1 John 5 Bible study | 2 John | 3 John | Jude | Revelation | Revelation 2 Bible study | Revelation 3 Bible study | Revelation 4 Bible study | Revelation 5 Bible study | Revelation 6 Bible study | Revelation 7 Bible study | Revelation 8 Bible study | Revelation 9 Bible study | Revelation 10 Bible study | Revelation 11 Bible study | Revelation 12 Bible study | Revelation 13 Bible study | Revelation 14 Bible study | Revelation 15 Bible study | Revelation 16 Bible study | Revelation 17 Bible study | Revelation 18 Bible study | Revelation 19 Bible study | Revelation 20 Bible study | Revelation 21 Bible study | Revelation 22 Bible study |Russian Bible studies | Francais | Spanish Bible Studies | Chinese Bible studies | Urdu Bible studies
Books For You