The letter from Paul to Titus is addressed to a young man, Titus, who was in charge of the church in Crete around A.D. 62-67. The relationship of Paul to Titus is one of a mentor to a disciple, where Paul gives Titus apostolic authority. In this letter Paul is confronting the antagonistic approach of self-styled Jewish ‘super apostles’ in his day, who were trying to draw people back under the Law of the Moses and away from a living experience with God’s grace.
Outline of Titus
- Paul, an apostle of Christ (Titus 1:1-3)
- Grace of God (Titus 2:11)
- Renewal in the Holy Spirit (Titus 3:4-7)
- What to do about the false teachers (Titus 3:9-11)
- Benediction (Titus 3:12-15)
Paul had dealt with these Jewish ‘super apostles’ and he was also warning Titus about them. Paul gives instruction on how to deal with those who try to destroy the faith of the faithful.
The next section is an exegetical study and interpretation of Titus 1:1-16 to explain Paul’s instruction on how to deal with those who try to destroy the faith of the faithful.