Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake of the faith of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness, in hope of eternal life, which God, who never lies, promised before the ages began and at the proper time manifested in his word through the preaching with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Savior;
To Titus, my true child in a common faith:
Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
Comment: There are three people mentioned here. Paul, who gives his credentials; God; Titus.
Paul announces himself as i) the bond slave of God. I think it unfortunate that translators of the New Testament, probably because of modern societies repulsion to slavery, fail to translate the Greek word ‘doulos’ for what it really means. ii) an apostle of Jesus Christ. In this context an apostle means one who had personally known Jesus. Paul had met Jesus in a life changing meeting as described in the book of Acts ch 9. iii) as the preacher entrusted to teach what God had commanded. His preaching was about
- knowledge of the truth
- godly living
- the hope of Eternal life.
God – cannot break His promises. He consists of, as here stated, both the Father and Jesus, the Messiah who saves us.
Titus – Paul’s child (disciple), who shares Paul’s faith in the gospel.
Prayer: Titus is long dead, Father, but help me to learn from what your Spirit through Paul sought to teach him.