THINKING BIBLICALLY - Part 1 Page
** Paul had three main reasons for writing this epistle.
1) To give directions for the sanctification of the church family.
(1:5 - 3:11)
2) To urge Titus to come to Nicopolis. (3:12)
3) To help Zenas and Apollos get supplies for their journey. (3:13)
While the last two reasons were of great importance to Paul, we will
be spending our time learning and applying the truths contained in the
main reason for his writing.
** What do we know about Titus?
He was led to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ by the apostle himself,
as was Timothy.
cf. Titus 1:4 and 1Timothy 1:2
Titus is mentioned some 13 times in the New Testament. Twice in Paul's
letter to the Galatians, once in 2Timothy 4:10, here in Titus and no
less than nine times in 2Corinthians. However the first implied reference
to Titus is in Acts 15:2.
Acts 15:1-2 - Read passage "...and certain others of them, should
go up to Jerusalem..."
Galatians 2:1-3 "I went up again to Jerusalem with Barnabas, taking
Titus along also."
** What did Paul think of Titus?
2Corinthians 2:13 - "I had no rest for my spirit, not finding
Titus my brother..."
2Corinthians 7:6 - "...comforted us by the coming of Titus."
2Corinthians 8:6 - "...we urged Titus...so he would also complete
in you this gracious work"
2Corinthians 8:16 - "...who puts the same earnestness on your
behalf in the heart of Titus."
2Corinthians 8:23 - "As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow-worker
The apostle Paul loved and depended on Titus as a faithful brother, friend,
partner and co-worker in the cause of Jesus Christ.
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