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by Joseph Sutcliffe
ST. PAUL’S EPISTLE TO TITUS.
WIDE and wild are the conjectures of learned men respecting Titus. Where all histories are silent, conjecture should be restrained. Titus was a Greek, and converted, it would seem, under Paul’s ministry, because he calls him his own son: Titus 1:4. He accompanied Paul to Jerusalem, according to Usher in the year fifty two, and was uncircumcised. Galatians 2:3.
Paul sent him to Corinth, to enquire into the state of the churches there. 2 Corinthians 12:13. The intelligence being favourable, Paul sent him back, and no doubt by the entreaty of private letters: chap. 2 Corinthians 7:6-13. Paul left him in Crete to nourish the churches, and establish order of discipline, but certainly not for life, because he afterwards requested him to come to Nicopolis, a city of Epirus. Titus 3:12. It likewise appears that Titus left Rome to go into Dalmatia. 2 Timothy 4:10.
The apostolic men were always bishops, or the chief pastors, wherever they might for a time remain. Ordinations were received through their hands, as from the hands of the holy apostles themselves.
the Week of Proper 19 / Ordinary 24