1Paul, #Ac 13:9 a slave of God #Ac 16:17Rm 1:1Eph 6:6Jms 1:11Pt 2:16Rv 1:1 and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to build up # Or according to the faith of God’s elect #Mt 22:14|NoBook| 24:22Lk 18:7Rm 8:33Col 3:121Co 1:27-281Th 1:4Jms 2:5 and their knowledge of the truth #1Tm 2:42Tm 3:7 that leads # Or corresponds to godliness, #1Tm 6:3 2in the hope of eternal life #1Co 15:19Ti 3:7Heb 9:15 that God, who cannot lie, #Nm 23:19Heb 6:18 promised before time began. #Rm 1:22Tm 1:9 3In His own time He has revealed #Jn 21:12Co 4:111Pt 5:41Jn 1:2 His message #Jn 1:1|NoBook| 2:222Tm 2:15Heb 4:12 in the proclamation that I was entrusted #1Tm 1:11|NoBook| 6:202Tm 1:12 with by the command #1Tm 1:1 of God our Savior: #1Tm 1:1|NoBook| 2:3Ti 2:10|NoBook| 3:4Jd 25
4To Titus, #2Co 2:13|NoBook| 7:6|NoBook| 8:6|NoBook| 12:18Gl 2:12Tm 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 1:71Co 1:3
Titus’s Ministry in Crete
5The reason I left you in Crete #Ac 27:7 was to set right what was left undone and, as I directed you, to appoint elders #1Tm 3:1-7|NoBook| 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 20:28Php 1:11Pt 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|NoBook| 6:32Tm 1:13Ti 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|NoBook| 4:72Tm 4:42Pt 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 14:62Co 9:8Gl 3:10Jms 2:14-26 They are detestable, disobedient, and disqualified for any good work. #2Co 9:8