Titus 1:1 identifies the Apostle Paul as the author of the Book of Titus.
Date of Writing: The Epistle to Titus was written by Paul in approximately 66 A.D. Paul’s many journeys are well documented and show that he wrote to Titus from Nicopolis in Epirus. In some Bibles a subscription to the epistle may show that Paul wrote from Nicopolis in Macedonia. However, there is no such place known and subscriptions have no authority as they are not authentic.
Purpose of Writing: The Epistle to Titus is known as one of the Pastoral Epistles as are the two letters to Timothy. This epistle was written by the Apostle Paul to encourage his brother of faith, Titus, whom he had left in Crete to lead the church which Paul had established on one of his missionary journeys (Titus 1:5). This letter advises Titus in what qualifications to look for in seeking leaders for the church as he warns Titus of the reputations of those living on the island of Crete (Titus 1:12).
In addition to instructing Titus in what to look for in a leader of the church Paul also encouraged Titus to return to Nicopolis for a visit. Paul suggested Titus bring with him two others from the church “that nothing be lacking unto them.” In other words, Paul continued to disciple Titus and others as they grew in the grace of the Lord (Titus 3:13).
Key Verses: Titus 1:5, “I left you in Crete for this reason, that you would set in order the things that were lacking, and appoint elders in every city, as I directed you."
Titus 1:16, “They profess that they know God, but by their works they deny him, being abominable, disobedient, and unfit for any good work."
Titus 2:15, "Say these things and exhort and reprove with all authority. Let no man despise you."
Titus 3:3-6, “For we were also once foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving various lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But when the kindness of God our Savior and his love toward mankind appeared, not by works of righteousness, which we did ourselves, but according to his mercy, he saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, which he poured out on us richly, through Jesus Christ our Savior."
Brief Summary: How wonderful it must have been when Titus received a letter from his mentor, the Apostle Paul. Paul was a much honored man, and rightly so, after establishing several churches throughout the eastern world. This famous introduction from the Apostle would have been read by Titus, “to Titus, my true child according to a common faith: Grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ our Savior” (Titus 1:4).
The island of Crete where Titus was left by Paul to lead the church was inhabited by natives of the island and Jews who did not know the truth of Jesus Christ (Titus 1:12-14). Paul felt it to be his responsibility to follow through with Titus to instruct and encourage him in developing leaders within the church at Crete. As the Apostle Paul directed Titus in his search for leaders Paul also suggested how Titus would instruct the leaders so that they could grow in their faith in Christ. To help Titus continue in his faith in Christ Paul suggested Titus come to Nicopolis and bring with him two other members of the church (Titus 3:12-13).
Practical Application: The Apostle Paul deserves our attention as we look to the Bible for instruction on how to live a life that will be pleasing to our Lord. We can learn of that which we should avoid as well as that which we are to strive to imitate. Paul suggests we seek to be pure as we avoid the things of life which will defile our minds and conscience. And then the Apostle Paul makes a statement which should be on our minds every moment of every day; “They profess that they know God, but by their works they deny him, being abominable, disobedient, and unfit for any good work” (Titus 1:16).
Along with the warning Paul gave us he also gave us the answer to teach us how to avoid denying God; “he saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit, which he poured out on us richly, through Jesus Christ our Savior.” By seeking a daily renewal of our minds by the Holy Spirit we can develop into Christians that honor God by the way we live.