THE EPISTLE OF PAUL
Author: The apostle Paul (1:1).
Time of Writing: Approximately A.D. 65, after Paul's first Roman imprisonment, when he had passed through Crete and arrived at Nicopolis (1:5; 3:12).
Place of Writing: Nicopolis; see verses in the previous item.
Recipient: Titus (1:4).
The Maintenance of Order in the Church
1 Paul, a aslave of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ baccording to the 1cfaith of God's 2dchosen ones and the 3efull knowledge of the truth, which is 4faccording to godliness,
2 In the 1ahope of 2beternal life, which God, who ccannot lie, 3dpromised 4before the etimes of the ages
3 But in 1aits own times bmanifested 2His cword in the dproclamation with which I was eentrusted faccording to the 3command of our fSavior God;
4 To aTitus, genuine bchild caccording to the 1common faith: Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
II. Establishing the Authority
in the Church
5 For this cause I left you in aCrete, that you might set in order the things which I have begun that remain and appoint belders in 1cevery city, as I ddirected you:
6 aIf anyone is bunreprovable, the 1husband of one wife, having believing children not accused of cdissoluteness or dunruly.
7 For the 1aoverseer must be unreprovable as a bsteward of God, not cself-willed, 2not quick tempered, 3not an excessive drinker, 4not a striker, 5not greedy for base gain;
8 But 1hospitable, a alover of good, 2of a sober mind, righteous, 3holy, self-controlled;
9 1aHolding to the 2bfaithful word, which is according to the 3teaching of the apostles, that he may be able both to exhort by the 4chealthy teaching and to 5convict 6those who doppose.
III. Dealing with the Influence
of Judaism and Gnosticism
10 For there are many aunruly men, bvain talkers and cdeceivers, especially 1dthose of the circumcision,
11 Whose mouths must be 1stopped, who overthrow whole ahouseholds, teaching bthings 2cfor the sake of base gain, which they ought not to do.
12 One from among 1themselves, a 2aprophet of their own, said, bCretans are always liars, evil beasts, idle 3gluttons.
13 This testimony is true; for which cause 1areprove them 2bseverely that they may be 3chealthy in the 4faith,
14 Not paying attention to Jewish 1amyths and the 2bcommandments of men who 3cturn away from the 4dtruth.
15 1All things are apure to the pure; yet to those who are 2defiled and unbelieving bnothing is pure, but both their 3cmind and their conscience are 2defiled.
16 They 1profess to know God, but by their works they adeny Him, being babominable and cdisobedient and, as to every good work, 2ddisapproved.