In his letter to Titus, a younger minister, Paul charges him to “set things in order.” The interpretive key of the whole letter is found in Titus 1:5: “For this reason I left you in Crete, that you should set in order the things that are lacking.” There were critical matters that needed to be settled to produce an orderly and godly expression of the church of Jesus Christ. Titus lived on one of the most beautiful islands in the Aegean Sea, inhabited by what someone referred to as some of the most bull-headed people you could ever meet in such a lovely spot. Paul’s letter shows how sound doctrine leads to godly living.
In Titus, God is glorifying Himself through Christians setting things in order, so that He might demonstrate His superior goodness in the salvation sinners, the damnation of the wicked, and for the preservation of His people, for His eternal glory, and their eternal joy.
“Paul, a bondservant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ…”
“To Titus, a true son in our common faith”
“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—if a man is blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of dissipation or insubordination. 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, but hospitable, a lover of what is good, sober-minded, just, holy, self-controlled, 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.”
“But when the kindness and the love of God our Savior toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior, that having been justified by His grace we should become heirs according to the hope of eternal life.”
“But avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and useless. Reject a divisive man after the first and second admonition, knowing that such a person is warped and sinning, being self-condemned.”
Where are the qualifications for elders listed?
Why was Titus left in Crete?
To appoint elders in the churches in Crete (Tit. 1:5).
What were the Cretans known for in terms of their character?
“Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” (Tit. 1:12–13).
How are older men to behave?
“But as for you, speak the things which are proper for sound doctrine: that the older men be sober, reverent, temperate, sound in faith, in love, in patience” (Tit. 2:1–2).
What should older women encourage younger women to do?
“That they admonish the young women to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, homemakers, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God may not be blasphemed” (Tit. 2:4–5).
How are younger men to behave?
“Likewise, exhort the young men to be sober-minded, in all things showing yourself to be a pattern of good works; in doctrine showing integrity, reverence, incorruptibility, sound speech that cannot be condemned, that one who is an opponent may be ashamed, having nothing evil to say of you” (Tit. 2:6–8).
What is the Christian’s “blessed hope”?
The appearing – the return – of Christ in glory (Tit. 2:13).
How does God save someone?
Not by their works but by His mercy (Tit. 3:5).