Author and Date (200 words) – The author of the book of Titus is Paul and most believe Titus was written around 65-66 A. D. The apostle Paul is one of the most popular and very well-known characters of the Bible. Paul, who was known as one of the most passionate and well versed in his faith with God throughout the whole Bible,. Before becoming an apostle, Paul’s previous name was Saul. Saul started out living a lifestyle out of anger and rage. He hated Christians but after witnessing the stoning of Stephen, his eyes were opened.
A once angry and hated by everyone one kind of man was then changed by watching a death of a radical Christ follower, which was, started a spark in Saul’s heart. Christ showed Saul how he needed to internally and externally transformation if he wanted to see change start to take place and Jesus Christ then finally changed Saul name to Paul. After that point, Paul began traveling, evangelizing, witnessing, and planting churches around Rome, Jerusalem, etc. Paul’s heart was that the Gospel would be spread throughout the world. Paul was so excited about the Word of God being preached he even went to prison for preaching the Truth.
Paul lived a life of integrity, and was truly driven to his eternity with Christ. Audience, Cultural Context, and Occasion (200 words) – Titus is not the most fascinating book in the bible but it was known as a “Pastoral Letter”. It was a personal letter from Paul to one of Paul’s dear friends Titus. Paul had become very fond of his brother in Christ and as a great spiritual leader; he wanted to write him words of encouragement and wisdom. Titus is specifically for people who have been called into ministry. One of the many main goals behind writing Titus was clear up to a misunderstanding in the churches of Crete.
Another reason behind the writing was to help the churches in and around that area grow. Paul wanted to challenge them in their faith, knowledge, and living a godly lifestyle. Finally, one of Paul’s last and most known reasons was to stop the false teachers. Like all of the Epistles, Paul came to challenge and encourage Christian believers not to stay content in the life they now live but to grow and be uncomfortable in their walk with God. Paul had a very clear message, he and spoke only from the Word and what God told him.
Paul shared the basic knowledge of what it means to follow Jesus and to know how to walk out a God-fearing lifestyle. Definitions (4) – Hupoimnesko Strong’s Number: 5279 Definition: To cause on to remember Hupotasso Strong’s Number: 5293 Definition: To arrange under, to subordinate Arche Strong’s Number: 746 Definition: Beginning, origin Peitharcheo Strong’s Number: 3980 Definition: To obey (a ruler or superior) Commentary (200 words) – In the commentary it said, Sometimes we need a willing heart to be content were we are, we also need to deal with it humbly ntil Christ is ready to do more work on our lives.
I say no, because we deserve to be treated with gentleness and humanity; in saying we should now so treat those who are unconverted, according to that rule of equity. ” It also says, “These shall be glad and rejoice, shall be taught and guided in their way, and satisfied with bread, and beautified with salvation. Thus of the duties themselves, which Titus was to put people in mind of. ” Summarizing what is being said in both quotes is in life need to and should be willing to help correct in a merciful way but also to be taught through salvation.
As most people read, Titus there are many excruciating words of wisdom in its writing about true faith. This Epistle is really described around the unity of thinking right and living right, with constantly reiterated emphasis on the importance of good works. But these letters never fall into the legalism in which good works are made the basis of salvation. ” Along with correcting graciously, Titus also talks about the importance in living right. Paul’s heart was for Christ’s believers to have pure lifestyles.
Meaning in Context (200 words) – In the verses in the chapter before verse 1, it says, “Who gave himself for us to redeem us from all wickedness and to purify for himself a people that are his very own, eager to do what is good. These, then, are the things you should teach. Encourage and rebuke with all authority. Do not let anyone despise you. ” It is saying that as Christians we need to purify ourselves by keeping our lives pure in living in a godly way. In the verses following verse 1 and 2, it says, “At one time we too were foolish, disobedient, deceived and enslaved by all kinds of passions and pleasures.
We lived in malice and envy, being hated and hating one another. However, when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit. ” These verses go hand in hand with verse 1 because both discuss the topic of renewal and the importance of being renewed. It talks about have a renewed mind and heart to that way it would be easier to live a godly lifestyle.