Daily Bible Reading for September 7, 2014, with Commentary: Titus
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Author: Paul, an Apostle
Date: Between AD 63 and 65
Context: Paul begins his letter to Titus by establishing his authority as an apostle. Paul then outlines for Titus the qualifications for officers of the church - deacons, elders, bishops, etc. Paul also warns against false teachers. He exhorts Titus to teach “sound doctrine,” doctrine that aligns with the teachings of Jesus Christ, adding or subtracting nothing. Paul addresses several of the common groups to that time period, and how each should be taught. Paul’s instructions are still applicable today. He acknowledges that different groups, and different ages, need to be taught in different ways. Teaching should not only be done verbally, but also through example. In the final verse of chapter 2, Paul encourages Titus to remain in charge and not allow others to circumvent or discredit his authority. Paul reminds us that we are to submit to governing authorities. We are to participate and engage in the world without falling into the sin of the world. Our lives are to be examples for Christ. We are to be humble, for once, we were slaves to sin, and it is only through the death of Jesus Christ that we are no longer slaves to sin. Those within the church who insist upon causing trouble should be cast out from the church. Paul concludes his letter with details of his future plans and several requests for Titus.
World History: Titus was sent by Paul to help establish the church in Crete. This letter, although addressed to Titus, was meant to be read in front of the entire church. The Cretan church was composed of mostly Gentiles, although there were several Jewish communities on the island.