Summary of the Book of Titus
The book of Titus is a Pastoral Epistle (letter from Paul to a church leader). The author is Paul who wrote it approximately 66 A.D.
Crete is one of the many places Paul preached.
Key personalities include Paul and Titus. It was written to guide Titus, a Greek believer, in his leadership of the churches on the island of Crete.
For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee (1:5).
As was the case with the letter of 1st Timothy, Paul writes to encourage and guide young pastors in dealing with opposition from both false teachers and the sinful nature of men.
Chapter 1 – Paul gives qualifications about how to choose leaders in the church, “the overseer must be above reproach”.
He also warned that:
…there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision: (1:10).
Ruins of ancient Gortyna at Crete island in Greece
Chapters 2-3 – Paul teaches how believers may live healthy inside and outside of the church. He told them to live Godly lives and to be prepared for the coming Savior Jesus Christ.
Paul describes how Jesus rescues us from sin:
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world;
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ (2: 11-13).
Crete, the island of Myth and Legend
Mythology and legend has bestowed on the Greek island of Crete the privilege of being the birthplace of Zeus , father of the gods.
When a person first places their faith and trust in Jesus Christ for salvation they are saved from the penalty of sin, this is Justification, “For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men”.
While the believer is worshiping and serving God on earth they are saved from the binding power of sin – 2:12, directly above.
When a believer’s life comes to an end they go to be with Jesus Christ. Here they live with Him for eternity and are safe and protected from the presence of sin, this is glorification – 2:13, directly above.