1Paul, # Ac 13:9 a slave of God # Ac 16:17; Rm 1:1; Eph 6:6; Jms 1:1; 1Pt 2:16; Rv 1:1 and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to build up # Or according to the faith of God’s elect # Mt 22:14; 24:22; Lk 18:7; Rm 8:33; Col 3:12; 1Co 1:27-28; 1Th 1:4; Jms 2:5 and their knowledge of the truth # 1Tm 2:4; 2Tm 3:7 that leads # Or corresponds to godliness, # 1Tm 6:3 2in the hope of eternal life # 1Co 15:19; Ti 3:7; Heb 9:15 that God, who cannot lie, # Nm 23:19; Heb 6:18 promised before time began. # Rm 1:2; 2Tm 1:9 3In His own time He has revealed # Jn 21:1; 2Co 4:11; 1Pt 5:4; 1Jn 1:2 His message # Jn 1:1; 2:22; 2Tm 2:15; Heb 4:12 in the proclamation that I was entrusted # 1Tm 1:11; 6:20; 2Tm 1:12,14 with by the command # 1Tm 1:1 of God our Savior: # 1Tm 1:1; 2:3; Ti 2:10; 3:4; Jd 25
4To Titus, # 2Co 2:13; 7:6,13-14; 8:6,16,23; 12:18; Gl 2:1,3; 2Tm 4:10 my true son # 1Tm 1:2 in our common faith.
Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior. # Rm 1:7; 1Co 1:3
Titus’s Ministry in Crete
5The reason I left you in Crete # Ac 27:7,12-13 was to set right what was left undone and, as I directed you, to appoint elders # 1Tm 3:1-7; 5:17 in every town: 6one # 1Tm 3:2-4 who is blameless, # Col 1:22 the husband of one wife, having faithful # Or believing children not accused of wildness or rebellion. 7For an overseer, # Ac 20:28; Php 1:1; 1Pt 2:25 as God’s administrator, must be blameless, not arrogant, not hot-tempered, not addicted to wine, not a bully, not greedy for money, 8but hospitable, loving what is good, sensible, righteous, holy, self-controlled, 9holding to the faithful message as taught, # Ac 2:42 so that he will be able both to encourage with sound teaching # 1Tm 1:10; 6:3; 2Tm 1:13; Ti 2:1 and to refute those who contradict it.
10For there are also many rebellious people, full of empty talk and deception, especially those from Judaism. # Lit the circumcision 11It is necessary to silence them; they overthrow whole households by teaching what they shouldn’t in order to get money dishonestly. 12One of their very own prophets said,
Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons. # This saying is from the Cretan poet Epimenides (6th century b.c.).
13This testimony is true. # Jn 8:14 So, rebuke them sharply, # 2Co 13:10 that they may be sound in the faith 14and may not pay attention to Jewish myths # 1Tm 1:4; 4:7; 2Tm 4:4; 2Pt 1:16 and the commands of men who reject the truth. # 2Tm 4:4
15To the pure, everything is pure, but to those who are defiled and unbelieving nothing is pure; in fact, both their mind and conscience # Heb 13:18 are defiled. 16They profess to know God, # Jn 7:28 but they deny Him by their works. # Mk 14:6; 2Co 9:8; Gl 3:10; Jms 2:14-26 They are detestable, disobedient, and disqualified for any good work. # 2Co 9:8