Titus Chapter 1

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Introduction

THIS chapter embraces the following points: --

1. The usual inscription and salutation, 1ff. In this Paul declares himself to be the author of the epistle, and asserts in the strongest manner his claims to the apostleship. He alludes to the great cause in which, as an apostle, he was engaged -- as acting under the eternal plan of God for the salvation of the elect, and appointed to communicate the glorious truths of that system which had been now revealed to mankind. The object of this seems to be to impress the mind of Titus with his right to give him instruction.

2. A statement of the object for which Titus had been left in Crete, and the general character of the work which he was to perform there, 5.

3. The qualifications of those who were to be ordained to the ministry, 6ff. The characteristics laid down are substantially the same as in 1 Timothy Chapter 3.

4. Reasons for great caution and prudence in thus appointing elders over the churches, 10ff. Those reasons arose from the character of the Cretans. There were many deceivers there; and the character of the Cretans was such that there was great danger that they who professed to be Christians would be hypocritical, and if put into the eldership that they would do great injury to the cause.

5. A solemn charge to Titus to rebuke them faithfully for their prevailing and characteristic vices, and to avoid giving any countenance to that for which they were so much distinguished, 13ff.

Text

1: Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness; edit

2: In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began; edit

3: But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour; edit

4: To Titus, mine own son after the common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour. edit

5: For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: edit

6: If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly. edit

7: For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not selfwilled, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre; edit

8: But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate; edit

9: Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. edit

10: For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: edit

11: Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake. edit

12: One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretians are alway liars, evil beasts, slow bellies. edit

13: This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them sharply, that they may be sound in the faith; edit

14: Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and commandments of men, that turn from the truth. edit

15: Unto the pure all things are pure: but unto them that are defiled and unbelieving is nothing pure; but even their mind and conscience is defiled. edit

16: They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. edit

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