TITUS – ALEXANDER SCOURBY


Titus was, as was Timothy also, a close co-worker of the apostle Paul. We conclude that Titus got converted through Paul as the apostle calls him “my own son after the common faith” (Titus 1:4).

As Timothy could have been a real child of the apostle, so could have Titus (in respect of their age difference). The apostle admonishes Titus to be a pattern of good works to the young men especially (Titus 2:6-7). Compare also Titus 2:15 with 1 Timothy 4:12.

Titus is not mentioned once amid Paul’s companions in the Acts. For this reason one has concluded – and maybe rightly so – that Titus was a brother of Luke, the author of the Acts of the Apostles.

Galatians 2:1-10 tells us that Titus must have been a co-worker of Paul quite early. This passage tells us of Barnabas’ and Paul’s journey to Jerusalem to the council of the apostles (see Acts 15). Contrary to the half-Jew Timothy, Titus, the Greek, was not forced to be circumcised. This demonstrated that the Christian is not under the law of Sinai.

Later on, on the Apostle’s request, Titus worked in Corinth for a while. He fulfilled the given duties with great care. Timothy was a shy or timid man, whereas Titus was energetic. He was even respected by the Corinthians for they received him with fear and trembling (2 Corinthians 7:15).

The common subject of First Timothy and Titus is the sound doctrine and the order of the church as the house of God. Both epistles, however, are not addressed to assemblies but to men who had been charged and deputed by the apostle Paul himself.

First Timothy deals mainly with the doctrine whereas Titus’ subject is more the outward order in the house of God. Apart from chapter 1:10 and 3:9 there is hardly any mention of false doctrine. This is why the style of the epistle to Titus is less agitated than the one in First to Timothy.

Christian doctrine of faith and Christian deportment do closely go together and are not to be separated. Thus one could quickly summarize the contents of the epistle to Titus. The epistle is divided into three parts by the chapters. Each division contains a doctrinal part and the resulting practical consequences.

The epistle to Titus is an epistle on the practical side of the Christian living. This is stressed by the expression “good works” which appears six times: chapter 1:16; 2:7.14; 3:1.8.14.


TITUS READ BY ALEXANDER SCOURBY



Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to further the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life which God, who never lies, promised ages ago and at the proper time manifested in his word through the preaching with which I have been entrusted by command of God our Savior; To Titus, my true child in a common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.

Titus 1:1‭-‬4 RSV

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