Bible Commentaries

Sutcliffe's Commentary on the Old and New Testaments

Titus

- Titus

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.