- Information about Titus comes exclusively from Paul's letters.
- There are 13 references to Titus in the New Testament, but no mention of him in Acts.
- By birth, Titus was a Greek Gentile. The bible doesn't say where Titus was born,
nor does it mention where he was living when Paul found him. Because of Paul's
extensive service to Asia Minor, there is a consensus that Titus is from there.
- St. Jerome held that Titus was likely Paul's interpreter.
- Titus was converted to Christianity by Paul and accompanied Paul on his trip to
meet the Jerusalem leaders (James, Peter and John). It is significant that Titus was
uncircumcised because Paul would encounter Judaizers who held that to be Christian,
you must first conform to Jewish customs. Titus was likely a test case.
Gal 2 1Fourteen years later I went up aain to Jerusalem, this time with Barnabas. I took Titus along also. 2I 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. 3Yet not even Titus, who was with me, was compelled to be circumcised, even though he was a Greek. 4This matter arose because some false brothers had infiltrated our ranks to spy on the freedom we have in Christ Jesus and to make us slaves. 5We did not give in to them for a moment, so that the truth of the gospel might remain with you.
- Titus was one of Paul's many converts and was clearly instrumental in building the early church. Like Timothy, and Onesimus, Paul refers to Titus as 'my son'.
Tit 1:4 To Titus, my true son in our common faith:
Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
1Ti 1:2 To Timothy my true son in the faith:
Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
Phm 10 I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains.
- Titus would accompany Paul on his travels and would go to Corinth ahead of Paul. Paul refers to Titus as a co-worker. Titus delivered the confrontational letter to the Corinthians, which is widely believed to have been written by Paul while in Ephesus. Titus not only delivered the letter, but was also commissioned to heal the divisions that had plagued the Corinthians and to complete the collection for poor in Jerusalem.
2Cor 2:13 I still had no peace of mind, because I did not find my brother Titus there. So I said goodbye to them and went on to Macedonia.
2Cor 7:5-6 5 For when we came into Macedonia, we had no rest, but we were harassed at every turn—conflicts on the outside, fears within. 6 But God, who comforts the downcast, comforted us by the coming of Titus,
2Cor 8:23 As for Titus, he is my partner and co-worker among you; as for our brothers, they are representatives of the churches and an honor to Christ.
- The Apostle Paul introduced Christianity to Crete. The book Titus is an epistle written to Titus during his time on the island. Paul had left Titus behind on Crete to organize the church and appoint church leaders. Titus however was not a bishop or priest.
- The purpose of the epistle is similar to first Timothy, giving authorization and guidance in meeting oppositions, instructions about faith and conduct, and warnings about false teachers.
Tit 1:5 The reason I left you in Crete was that you might put in order what was left unfinished and appoint elders in every town, as I directed you.
- The spiritual condition of the Creatans was deplorable. The Cretans were among the most despised people of the Mediterranean world. They were thought to be barbarians, known for lying and brutishness.
Tit 1:12 One of Crete’s own prophets has said it: “Cretans are always liars, evil brutes, lazy gluttons.”
- At the end of the book, Paul directs Titus to join him in Nicopolis once his replacements arrive in Crete.
- The last mention of Titus is in second Timothy indicating he had gone to Dalmatia. After that there is no further record. Legend holds that he eventually returned to Crete and continued propagating the message until his death at age 94. The feast of St. Titus is held on August 25th in Greece.
2Tim 4:10 for Demas, because he loved this world, has deserted me and has gone to Thessalonica. Crescens has gone to Galatia, and Titus to Dalmatia.
- St. Titus is the patron saint of the United States Army Chaplain Corps. Saint Titus - Wikipedia.
- I really wanted the etymology for 'cretin' to be related to Crete but it's not. A person from Crete is a Cretan, a boorish idiot is a cretin. The words are unrelated, but it is still an interesting read. cretin vs. Cretan