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Summary: Little is written or preached about Titus, however, here is ‘evidence that demands a verdict,’ that Titus indeed, by the very nature of his assignments and the way that he completed them, was an outstanding apostle.

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Compiled by: Herman Abrahams (Pastor), Cornerstone Faith Ministries, P.O. Box 740, Westridge 7802, Rep. of South Africa.

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TITUS – AN OUTSTANDING APOSTLE OF THE LORD

By Herman Abrahams

INTRODUCTION

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Timothy is mentioned more often than Titus in the scriptures and Paul had a special love for Him. That’s probably why Timothy’s personality appears to be stand out more. Little is written or preached about Titus, however, here is ‘evidence that demands a verdict,’ that Titus indeed, by the very nature of his assignments and the way that he completed them, was an outstanding apostle.

‘Titus proved more effective in his ministry than did Timothy, and Paul sent him on more difficult missions. It was Titus’s mission to Crete that was the occasion for Paul to write the letter that we now have in our New Testament.’ (Richards, L. 1999. Every man in the Bible . T. Nelson: Nashville)

Key Scriptures:

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2Cor. 8:23 As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker among you; as for our brothers, they are representatives (Greek – ‘apostello’) of the churches and an honor to Christ.

Titus 1:5 The reason I left you in Crete was that you might straighten out what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you

Titus was an apostle. A Greek convert, He was entrusted by Paul with very important and difficult apostolic ministry. These included teaching and maintaining sound doctrine; appointing elders; accompanied Paul and Barnabus to the council meeting in Jerusalem to discuss the matter of circumcision of Gentile believers. He was also sent to Corinth to collect money from the churches for the needy among the believers in Jerusalem.

1. He Was Paul’s Partner And Fellow-Worker.

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2Cor. 8:23 As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow worker

Although Titus is not mentioned in the Book of Acts, Paul’s letters reveal that he was the man of the hour at a number of key points in Paul’s life.

2. He Accompanied Paul And Barnabus To See The Other Apostles In Jerusalem.

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Gal 2:1 Fourteen years later I went up again to Jerusalem, this time with Barnabas. I took Titus along also. Gal 2:2 I went in response to a revelation and set before them the gospel that I preach among the Gentiles. But I did this privately to those who seemed to be leaders, for fear that I was running or had run my race in vain. Gal 2:3 Yet not even Titus, who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, even though he was a Greek.

As an uncircumcised Gentile, Titus accompanied Paul and Barnabas to Jerusalem as a living example of a great theological truth: Gentiles need not be circumcised in order to be saved.

It would appear that Titus was involved in the discussions at the “council meeting” with all the ‘senior apostles’ of the day. Paul must have valued Titus’ input highly to take him along to a meeting of this nature where an extremely sensitive issue, with major implications for the future of the church of the Lord Jesus Christ, was being discussed. .

3. Titus Next Appears In Connection With Paul’s Mission To Corinth.

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While Paul was in Ephesus during his third missionary journey, he received disturbing news from the church at Corinth. After writing two letters and paying one visit to Corinth, Paul sent Titus to Corinth with a third letter (2 Cor. 7:5–7).

2Co 7:5 For when we came into Macedonia, this body of ours had no rest, but we were harassed at every turn—conflicts on the outside, fears within. 2Co 7:6 But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus, 2Co 7:7 and not only by his coming but also by the comfort you had given him. He told us about your longing for me, your deep sorrow, your ardent concern for me, so that my joy was greater than ever. …………….2Co 7:13 By all this we are encouraged. In addition to our own encouragement, we were especially delighted to see how happy Titus was, because his spirit has been refreshed by all of you. 2Co 7:14 I had boasted to him about you, and you have not embarrassed me. But just as everything we said to you was true, so our boasting about you to Titus has proved to be true as well. 2Co 7:15 And his affection for you is all the greater when he remembers that you were all obedient, receiving him with fear and trembling. 2Co 7:16 I am glad I can have complete confidence in you.

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