TIME WRITTEN: 63 AD
POSITION IN THE BIBLE: 56 th Book in the Bible (12th of the Epistle Books)
OBSERVATIONS ABOUT TITUS:
OBSERVATIONS ABOUT TITUS
“…May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior give you grace and peace.” Titus 1:4
When God the Son took on human flesh in the person of Jesus was the believer’s faith in God made sure. In other words, since God poured out His grace on all humanity, He cleanses His people from their sin and purifies
believers for Himself. This grace of God instructs us to live upright and godly lives, especially now during this trying time.
Paul directed Titus to establish a group of faithful elders to oversee the doctrinal purity and good conduct of the believers on Crete. Paul exhorted Titus to “speak the things which are fitting for sound doctrine” (Titus 2:1), a clear direction that this should be the young pastor’s primary role.
Paul also understood that when a body of believers embraces sound doctrine, the result is changed and purified lives that produce “good deeds”. God’s grace is the motivation for all good deeds. Paul gave instructions about the roles of specific groups of people—older men, older women, young women, young men, and slaves—as well as general instructions to all believers about their conduct. Right living was essential because Christ “gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed,” saving us “by the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit” (Titus 2:14; 3:5).
God’s saving grace has appeared to all people. It teaches us to say no to godless ways and sinful longings. We must control ourselves. We must do what is right. Remember we must obey rulers and authorities. We have to be ready to do what is good. We should not speak evil things against anyone. We must live in peace. We need to consider the needs of others. We need to be gentle and kind toward all people.
Paul made clear that a church that teaches and preaches sound doctrine will see results in the lives of its people. Not only will people be saved from their sins, but God’s grace will also motivate them to live out that saving faith with renewed and purified lives.