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Literature / Epistle to Titus

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One of the Pauline Epistles that is part of the New Testament. This was written by Paul the apostle to Saint Titus.

Structure of the book:

  • Greeting (Titus 1:1-4)
  • Qualifications for elders (Titus 1:5-16)
  • The call to teach sound doctrine (Titus chapter 2)
  • The call to be ready for every good work (Titus 3:1-11)
  • Final instructions and greetings (Titus 3:12-15)

This book provides examples of:

  • Cannot Tell a Lie: Paul in his introduction speaks of God, who cannot lie, who promised the hope of eternal life before the world began.
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  • Hard Work Hardly Works: Paul tells Titus that “when the kindness of God our Savior and his love for mankind appeared, he saved us not by works of righteousness that we have done but on the basis of his mercy, through the washing of the new birth and the renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom he poured out on us in full measure through Jesus Christ our Savior. And so, since we have been justified by his grace, we become heirs with the confident expectation of eternal life.” (Titus 3:4-7, NET Bible)
  • The Heretic: Paul tells Titus what to do with such a person in Titus 3:10-11.
    A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself. (King James Version)
  • Hypocrite: Of those whose minds and consciences are defiled, Paul says this in Titus 1:16:
    They profess that they know God, but in their deeds they deny Him, being abominable, disobedient, and worthless for every good work.
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  • Polyamory: Discouraged by Paul as far as appointing elders to the church, who says in Titus 1:6 that such a man must be found "the husband of one wife".
  • Second Coming: Paul tells Titus that God's grace that leads to salvation was given to all men so that they "should live soberly, righteously, and in godliness in this present world, as we await the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ." (Titus 2:12-13)
  • Sinister Minister: Paul mentions in Titus 1:10-12 that there are "many unruly men, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision, who must be silenced, who subvert whole houses by teaching for dishonest gain things they ought not teach." One of their own "prophets" even goes on to make Malicious Slander of certain people, saying “The Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, and idle gluttons!”

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