In this epistle, Apostle Paul salutes Titus his apostolic delegate to the churches of Crete with affection as his “true son in respect to (their) common faith” Apostle Paul associates his apostleship with the promotion of the ‘faith of God’s elect and knowledge of truth” see Chapter 1:1-4.
Apostle Paul has left Titus in Crete to reform a weak, and corrupt church. He writes this letter to reaffirm the objectives, which he is to promote see Chapter 1:5. This requires the inclusion of general directions for installing the right elder to the leadership position in the Parish – see Chapter 1:6-9 and for dealing with the unwholesome influences of Jewish legalism and mythologizing as found in the Talmud and Midrashim- see Chapter 1:10-16. In view of these problems, Apostle Paul outlines specific area of Christian moral responsibility for Titus Ministry to each age group and class, free and slave that they may fulfill the obligations of true faith -see chapter 2:1-10 and 3:1-2. In the two beautiful passages Apostle Paul reminds Titus about important aspects of the Gospel. In the first – see Chapter 2:11-15, he explains the necessary relevance of God’s saving grace in Christ to Christian behavior. In the second -see chapter 3:3-7 he gives humble testimony to what God has done in his own life through Christ, and do also in the life of the base Cretan who believes. He urges the preaching of the Gospel and the avoidance of argument with Jewish legalism – see chapter 3:8-11. Apostle Paul closes this epistle with two requests-see chapter 3:12-15.
THE OUTLINE OF THE EPISTLE TO TITUS:
SALUTATION TO CHURCHES OF CRETE-CHAPTER 1:1-4
GENERAL INSTRUCTIONS FOR REFORMING CHURCH LIFE IN CRETE –CHAPTER 1:5-16
Qualification for Elder Leadership-Chapter 1:5-9
Special warning against unhealthy Judaizing influences-
SPECIFIC INSTRUCTION FOR PREACHING TO THE PEOPLE CHAPTER 2:1-15
Moral responsibilities of Christians-Chapter 2:1-10
For Older men and Women of the congregation-Chapter 2:2-5
For young men-Chapter 2:6-8
For the slaves -Chapter 2:9-10
The necessary relationship of salvation to personal Ethics Chapter 2:11-15
Concluding Instruction for Christian in the World-Chapter 3:1-15
Civil and social Responsibilities of Christian-Chapter 3:1-2
The personal witness to God’s power to save any sinner through Christ Chapter 3:3-7.
The final Advise to Preach the Gospel and not argue with Legalities – Chapter 3:8-11
The closing personal requests-Chapter 3:12-15.