I so much enjoyed studying through John’s prologue in John 1:1-18 that I have decided to publish regular devotional content on here. My focus will be to go through whole books or large passages. I hope that we can grow in the Lord together, and I pray that this will be a good devotional supplement to your Christian walk.
I hope you will read these blogs with your Bible open. I want these to be a tool to lead you into deeper study of the Scriptures. I will be using the English Standard Version. As always, I seek to write for the glory of God alone.
Over the next few weeks, I’d love to walk through the short book of Titus. Though the letter is but three chapters, I think you will find that it is jam-packed with wisdom, theology, and encouragement. Let us start with Paul’s introduction to the letter.
The default is to, in a way, rush through Paul’s introductions at the beginnings of his letters. This should not be. In these introductions, we find a great deal of what Paul believes about the Trinity, salvation, the church, and discipleship. Avoid the temptation of skimming the introduction to Paul’s letters. Read them, study them, and grow from them, remembering that “All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of of God may be complete, equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
Let us now look at Paul’s introduction to his letter to Titus.
This letter was obviously written by Paul, who always addresses himself as a servant of God. His humility is worth taking note of. We should always think of ourselves as servants, or slaves, to God, doing all we can for His glory. Paul also describes himself as an apostle. He defends his status as an apostle in portions of Galatians 1 and 2. Paul truly was an apostle, and should always be counted among the apostles.
Paul then goes into his purpose for writing. He is writing to Titus “for the sake of God’s elect and their knowledge of the truth, which accords with godliness…” Paul is seeking to write this letter to help advance the kingdom of God by edifying and building up the body of Christ, also known as the Church, or the elect. Paul is seeking to further the elect’s knowledge of the glorious truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ, which will lead them to be more godly. The point of the Christian life is glorify God and enjoy him forever, which is done by sanctification, or becoming more and more godly everyday. Paul is writing this letter to Titus so that he might share it with the church, so that the church might become more and more sanctified by the power of the Holy Spirit.
This glorious gospel of Jesus Christ brings about the “hope of eternal life,” which was promised by God before even time began. The plan of redemption through Jesus Christ has been God’s plan since before the foundation of the earth. Paul is clear on that throughout his entire corpus. God always makes good on his promises, and he promises eternal life for all who would confess Jesus as Lord. God has never broken a promise with his people. God has always operated in covenants, and he never once broke a covenant with his people. He is the standard of faithfulness. He is the standard of truth. He is the standard of promise-keeping.
Paul then shows the power of preaching. If “faith comes by hearing,” then we will need preachers, and Paul says the gospel is manifested in people by the preaching of the Word of God. Paul acted on his calling to preach, and viewed as a deposit that God had made within him that needed to be guarded, and then faithfully preached the Word to people who heard. Oh, how the world might be changed if every preacher heeded the call to preach the gospel as Paul did.
The introduction closes as we find out that he is writing Titus, who he viewed as a child in the faith of Jesus Christ. He wishes grace and peace to his son, Titus. We know that true grace and peace can only come through God the Father and Jesus Christ, and can only be realized by being justified by faith alone. There is no peace apart from God, and there is no grace apart from saving faith.
I pray that you will have grace and peace through Jesus Christ as we work through this amazing letter together.
Soli Deo Gloria.