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Bible Commentaries

Bullinger's Companion Bible Notes


- Titus

by E.W. Bullinger

Tit THE EPISTLE TO TITUS. THE STRUCTURE OF THE EPISTLE AS A WHOLE. Titus 1:1-4 . EPISTOLARY. SALUTATION. BENEDICTION. Titus 1:5-9 . ASSEMBLIES. THEIR ORDER. Titus 1:10-16 . CONTENTIOUS CRETANS, CENSURED. Titus 2:1-10 . THE WALK AND WORKS BECOMING BELIEVERS (SOCIALLY). TITUS TO BE A PARENT OF GOOD WORKS. Titus 2:11 . REASON. THE GRACE OF GOD HATH APPEARED TO ALL. Tit 2:1214 . WHAT WE SHOULD BE IN CONSEQUENCE OF THE TEACHINGS OF GRACE. Titus 2:15 . CHARGE TO TITUS TO SPEAK, REBUKE, AND EXHORT. Titus 3:1-2 . CHARGE TO TITUS TO PUT IN MIND (CIVIL DUTIES). Titus 3:3 . REASON. WHAT WE WERE BEFORE GRACE''S TEACHINGS. Titus 3:4-7 . REASON. THE KINDNESS OF GOD APPEARED. Titus 3:8 . THE WALK AND WORKS BECOMING BELIEVERS. TITUS TO EXHORT TO GOOD WORKS. Titus 3:9 . CONTENTIOUS CRETANS. CONDEMNED. Titus 3:10-11 . ASSEMBLIES. THEIR DISCIPLINE. Titus 3:12-15 . EPISTOLARY. SALUTATION. BENEDICTION. THE EPISTLE TO TITUS. INTRODUCTORY NOTES. The apostle Paul had no more highly esteemed fellowlabourer than Titus, yet his name is not mentioned in the Acts. It has been suggested that this is owing to his being the aut.ority to whom Luke is indebted for various portions of the book. A Gentile (Galatians 2:3 ), and possibly a native of Crete, the words "Titus, mine own son after the common faith" (Titus 1:4 ) indicate that he was led to the truth by Paul himself. The two were companions in Antioch prior to the council assembled at Jerusalem as recorded in Acts 15:0 , for to this Council he accompanied the apostle (Galatians 2:1 ). Titus is repeatedly referred to in the two Epistles to the Corinthians, to which church he was apparently sent on two occasions:see 2 Corinthians 8:6 , and chapters 2 and 7. From this Epistle we learn that after Paul''s release from the Roman prison, the two journeyed together and preached in Crete (Titus 1:5 , Titus 1:11 , Titus 1:13 ), where the apostle left him to "set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city". Later, he was instructed to join Paul at Nicopolis (Titus 3:12 ), and it is probable that from there he went to Dalmatia (2 Timothy 4:10 ). The apostle''s affectionate regard for him is shown in 2 Corinthians 2:13 ; 2 Corinthians 8:23 . The Epistle was one of the latest written by Paul, probably in the end of A. d. 67.