Dec. 9. Letter from Paul to Titus, Another young Preacher

Tit. 1:1-4

Two of Paul’s most trusted assistants were the young Gentile men, Timothy and Titus. Titus was probably a native of Antioch. He accompanied Paul and Barnabas from Antioch to the conference in Jerusalem after their first missionary journey.

Titus probably delivered Paul’s first letter to the Corinthians and then remained in Corinth to help them make the corrections that had been called for in that letter. Paul was expecting to meet him at Troas for a report on his work, but was highly disappointed when that didn’t happen. He was also highly elated when they finally did get together in Macedonia because of his report that the Corinthians were making great progress toward correcting their sins.

Titus also helped Paul deliver the contribution from the Gentile Christians to the poor Jewish Christians at Jerusalem as he concluded his third missionary journey.

Paul left Titus at the island of Crete as he traveled to various cities sometime after his release from the Roman prison. This letter was written about A.D. 67 from an unknown location to give him specific instructions for strengthening the churches there at Crete.

After many years of being a great apostle, preacher, teacher and writer, Paul remained humble. He identified himself at the beginning of his letter to the much younger Titus as an apostle and as a bondservant or slave. Christians should realize that after whatever greatness they may have achieved in life, they are still bondservants or slaves to our Master and Lord, Jesus Christ. They must also accept the authority of the apostles because they wrote as the Holy Spirit guided them.

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