Jun. 12. General Instructions Concluded

Tit. 3:1-15

As in some of his other letters, Paul pointed out the importance of submission to governmental authority. The people of Crete were under the rule of Rome and the evil Nero. Whether or not one agrees with a law, he is bound by God to obey it if it does not conflict with His law.

The Cretans needed to be reminded to continue to obey the basic rules of Christian living and to remember how they had been rescued from a life of sin by the love of God. Man’s good works are not sufficient for salvation. It is through God’s love and mercy that He sent His Son to die for the sins of man. By faithful obedience to the instructions of the Holy Spirit, one obtains salvation through rebirth by baptism. This rebirth results in a change to a righteous life leading to a hope of eternal life in heaven.

Even though one’s good works will not earn salvation for him, Paul emphasized their importance by instructing Titus to constantly remind the Cretans to “be careful to maintain good works.”

Much valuable time and energy are wasted by disputing with people who are entrenched in religious traditions and denominational false doctrines. The final admonition of Paul to Titus was to avoid those disputes and to reject those who would cause division in the church if they could not soon be convinced of the truth.

Paul closed his letter with two personal messages. Either Artemas or Tychicus would be replacing Titus in Crete so he could rejoin Paul for the winter at Nicopolis. He also wanted Titus to assist Zenas and Apollos with the things that they needed on their journey.

Christians, wherever they are have a special love for one another. This was shown by the greetings sent by Paul’s companions to Titus and by the greetings they sent to the church at Crete.