Scriptures Analyzed: Titus

1. Author

His Humility – Paul a servant

His Authority – an apostle of Jesus Christ

His Priority – for the furtherance of the faith … and full knowledge …

His Responsibility – which is committed unto me (v 3)

2. Associate

The Man – Titus

A Convert of Paul’s; A Gentile (Gal 2.3); possibly Luke’s brother

Must have been a man of insight, tact, spiritual leadership. “Walked we not in the same spirit” (2Cor 12:18); marked by being trustworthy, confidential

His Mentions

Not mentioned in Acts; 9 of his 13 mentions come in 2 Corinthians

His Movements

To Jerusalem with Paul as a test case (AD 56)

Was entrusted with the letter to Corinth (1Cor). Titus returned to Paul in Macedonia with reports of the response; Titus sent back to Corinth with the second letter and also to help re the collection; possibly after Acts 28, Titus accompanied Paul to Crete, was left there (Titus 1-3). Paul requested that Titus meet him in Nicopolis; the last mention is in 2 Tim 4 where Titus went to Dalmatia

His Ministry

A ministry of recovery; ministry of comfort; ministry of exhortation, ministry of teaching; possibly of evangelizing

3. Assemblies – Audience 

Commencement – Paul seemed to have an exercise in Acts 27, yet could not go. God made it possible later for him; Perhaps during his release between 1 and 2 Timothy, he visited Crete with Titus.

Comprised of – Jew and Gentile together

Crisis – faced with false teachers

4. Activity of the Enemy

Message they brought – gainsayers; Jewish fables and commandments of men

Movements that marked them – behind the scenes – households

Methods employed – deceivers; possibly also demanding observance to rituals

Manner of teaching – unruly, empty

Motives – money

5. Aim of the Epistle

The Change – The Transforming Power of the Grace of God

Its Content – Things Missing – guides – Things lacking in the Church

Things Mandated – Godliness – Things lacking in Character

Things Maintained – good works – Things lacking in their Conduct

Notice he deals with the 3 main areas: assembly, family, society

Its Counter Culture –

Godliness and how it is developed

Liars, lazy, lawless by nature

God is marked by truth (ch 1), zeal (ch 2) and righteousness (ch 3)

They are to be marked by love for truth (ch 1:7-9, 14), zeal (ch 2:14), and righteousness (2:12; 3:8)

6. Analysis of the Epistle

Words that recur –

Good works – 6x

Faith and faithful – 1.1, 4, 6, 9, 13; 2.2; 3. 8,15; = 8x

Teaching or taught 11x

Savior – 6 x (Three times God our Savior; three times Christ our Savior)

Words that are rare – Nine words in chapter 1 found only in Titus; 13 unique to ch 2; and 5 unique to ch 3

7. Arrangement of the chapters

ch 1 Rising above the National – The Culture in which we live

ch 2 Rising above the Norm – The Customs by which we live

ch 3 Rising above the Natural – The Carnality with which we live

A. Ch 1 Godliness in the Assembly

ch 1:1-4 The Foundation for Godliness

ch 1:5-9 The Furthering of Godliness

Character, Consciousness (steward), Capability (able to … ) Consistency (Faithful …), Charge (exhort … convict)

ch 1:10-16 The Foes of Godliness

False Teachers, Features of the Cretans, Fables, Fallacy exposed

B. Ch 2 – Godliness in the Family and Personal Life

A disease is at work. There is need for healthy doctrine.

vv1-10 Dignity in the Routine – The Incentives to Godliness

vv1-14 Discipline that Reeducates or Guidance thru Grace – Instruction in Godliness

v14 Desire of the Redeemer – Intention for Godliness

v15 Diligence Required or Mandate for Ministry – Imperative for Godliness

C. Ch 3 Godliness in Society

What are our natural Tendencies: To demand our rights; to be self righteous and condemn others; to be self satisfied; to be selfish; all of this is condemned here

v1-2 Respect for Authority

v3 Recognition of Depravity

vv4-7 Results of Philanthropy

vv8-11 Rejection of Vanity

vv12-15 Reminder of Responsibility/Opportunity