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Summary: In the introduction to the letter to Titus Paul states his reason for living. Paul lived for the faith of believers and to give them the knowledge of eternal truth. The purpose of our life also needs to be defined if we desire to be focused

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TITUS 1: 1-4

OUR LIVING HOPE

How would you like to be personally discipled by Paul the Apostle? Obviously Paul can't physically disciple us, but he did disciple others. Titus is one of Paul's disciples and Paul wrote a book to him to help disciple him. As we study this letter to Titus, we too can come under the tutelage of Paul.

In the introduction to the letter to Titus Paul states his reason for living. Paul lived for the faith of believers and to give them the knowledge of eternal truth (CIT). The purpose of our life also needs to be defined if we desire to be focused or we will not accomplish what God desires for us to accomplish. Paul's obedience to God caused him to search out what God wanted him to do with his life. Is your obedience to Jesus causing you to search out what God wants you to do with your life? Let's look at Paul's life purpose.

I. Paul's Calling, 1:1a.

II. Paul's Purpose, 1:1b.

III. God's Promise Manifested, 2-3.

IV. Paul's Disciple, 4.

The letter begins with the author describing himself. "Paul, a bond-servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ

It was the usual custom of 1st century writers to sign their name first and then address the recipients of the scroll. The name Paul is a Greek transcription for the Latin Paulus meaning little. It was a common name and the nearest to the sound of the Hebrew name "Saul." There is a hint in this name that the apostle was of small stature (2 Cor. 10:10).

Paul designates himself a slave of God (doulos). The lowest and most servile term Greek has for one owned by another. The term is used for one born into slavery [not andapodov]. He is one whose will is controlled by the will of another. He is someone who serves another to the disregard of his own interests.

Paul also designates himself an apostle of Christ Jesus . The word apostle is derived from stello, "to send", and apo "from-away." It became an official term for one sent off under a commission with credentials designating him one's personal representative. It was used for one who was an envoy or ambassador (a messenger sent on special mission). This official title indicates that this pastoral epistle was an official public letter and not simply a private letter. Christ is the Greek translation of the Hebrew word we know as "Messiah." Both words mean "the one who is anointed." Jesus is the Greek spelling of the Hebrew word we know as Yahoshua meaning Jehovah or YAHWAH saves.

II. PAUL'S PURPOSE, 1:1b.

Paul next states the purpose of his servanthood and apostleship. "For [According to] the faith of those chosen of God and the knowledge of the truth which is according to godliness."

According [the first of four uses of katas- "down, extend, in the interest of, in keeping with"] to the faith of God's called out ones is a concept of corresponding to the faith that given him to be an apostle [God's choice, not his]. [chosen: Mt. 24:22,24,31; Mk 13:20,22,27; Lk 18:7; 2 Tim. 2:10; 1 Pet. 1:1-2, 2:9.]

God's children have been "called out" "in Christ," before the foundation of world (before times eternal - 2 Tim. 1:9; Jn. 17:6; 1 Pet. 1:1-2). They have been chosen or called out:


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