In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He [Jesus Christ -Yeshua] was in the beginning with God.


The book of Titus is the twelfth of Paul’s thirteen letters referred to as the Pauline epistles. It is one of three Pastoral Epistles written to Timothy and Titus. Paul had recently been released from his first Roman imprisonment when he wrote this letter to Titus in about AD 63. Titus was ministering in the Mediterranean island of Crete during this time.

This letter to Titus is similar in context to the first letter written to Timothy who was ministering in Ephesus. The challenge for Titus was that the Cretans had the proven reputation of being liars, evil beasts and lazy gluttons. Paul wanted Titus to maintain order in the church by protecting and practicing sound doctrine. Paul instructed Titus on how to ordain elders in the church based on their blameless character. He warned Titus to beware of false teachers, especially those of Judaic origin who contradict the truth. Titus was to instruct believers in sound doctrine by emphasizing the good works of godly character made possible by the grace of God through Jesus Christ, the Messiah. They were to maintain their works as a reflection of the cleansing regeneration and renewing by the Holy Spirit.

Paul’s instructions to Titus are relevant to the church body of believers today. Salvation does not come from works of righteousness. Rather, we are saved by God’s mercy through the death and resurrection of Christ. Our good works are a result of our salvation through faith in Christ; we are to be careful to maintain those good works. We are to be fruitful in godliness while looking for the blessed hope and glorious appearing of our God and Savior, Christ.

Titus 1: Ordaining elders; censuring false teachers

Titus 2: Teaching sound doctrine; redemption by Christ for good works

Titus 3: Salvation through Christ, not from good works; maintaining good works