Titus Chapter 3 is the final chapter that concludes Paul’s letter to his fellow church leader.
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Paul’s Instructions for Titus
Paul instructed Titus to show proper conduct to those in authority through obedience and expression of the will to do every good work. Also, he told Titus to instruct the people to refrain from speaking evil of anyone. They were to be peaceful, gentle, and humble to everyone they meet.
Paul’s Past Conduct
Paul mentioned in Titus Chapter 3 that he and others were foolish and disobedient to an extent in the past. He said that they served their various lusts and earthly pleasures while living in envy and hating others. He also reminded Titus that through salvation, they were saved to God’s kindness, mercy, and love through the washing of regeneration and the renewing from the Holy Spirit.
Advice about Avoiding Trouble
The apostle Paul reminded Titus that those who believed in God should be careful to maintain their good works. It was a message that he stressed because it deserved faithfulness and constant affirmation. Titus was also advised to avoid engaging in any foolish disputes, contentions, useless genealogies and arguments concerning the law. Anyone who disagreed with the law, Paul instructed, should be rejected after two warnings.
Paul’s Final Instructions
The epistle concludes with Paul’s personal remarks and final instructions for Titus. He asked Titus to meet him at Nicopolis upon the arrival of Tychicus and Artemas. He also asked Titus to help Apollos and Zenas prepare for their trip and to send them on their way with haste. As a reminder, Paul instructs him to maintain good works and meet his urgent needs so they may be fruitful.
Titus 3 (King James Version)
1 Put them in mind to be subject to principalities and powers, to obey magistrates, to be ready to every good work,
2 To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men.
3 For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another.
4 But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared,
5 Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost;
6 Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;
7 That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
8 This is a faithful saying, and these things I will that thou affirm constantly, that they which have believed in God might be careful to maintain good works. These things are good and profitable unto men.
9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.
10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject;
11 Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.
12 When I shall send Artemas unto thee, or Tychicus, be diligent to come unto me to Nicopolis: for I have determined there to winter.
13 Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that nothing be wanting unto them.
14 And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.
15 All that are with me salute thee. Greet them that love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.