Dear Titus, . . . – An In-Depth Look at Paul’s Epistle, Titus 1.3-4

November 7, 2008

“And at the proper time manifested in his word through the preaching with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Savior.” (Titus 1.3)

God hid his plan from all until the right time in which he sent Christ to the world and nailed him to the Cross. Not the angels not the prophets knew of who or what they foresaw, but now the Gospel truth is present for all to see through the preaching of the word (1 Peter 1.10-12). It is this preaching which has been entrusted to Paul as his calling, specifically among the Gentiles (Romans 15.8-21). Yet again, lest we think Paul took on this task by his own desire, we are reminded that it was the command of our God which led him so. Notice the priority placed upon preaching, ‘kerygma’, the heralding. It is by these means which God’s promise is made manifest to the world. The God who could write the Gospel in the clouds for all to see or send angels to declare him from heaven, instead chose human transmission and testimony as his way of reaching the lost and dying. For this reason we are not absolved of responsibility in sharing the Gospel with others but thus must always be engaged in preaching and evangelism so that all may hear and may have the opportunity to believe (Romans 10.14-17).

“To Titus, my true child in a common faith: . . . ” (1.4)

All who are believers in Christ (i.e. united by a common faith) are related in his family. In this instance we see moreover that Titus is Paul’s child, a disciple who he has raised through the faith into a man ready to handle the capacities of the pastorate.

“Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.” (1.4)

Grace and peace are blessings bestowed upon us by God through the actions of Christ. The presence of grace and peace in our lives assures us of God’s mercy and Christ’s sacrifice. For grace saves us and peace allows us to trust fully in God without the anxious distractions otherwise there.