Journal Titus 1 (all references are from the ESV; changes in punctuation are mine)
Scripture: “Paul, a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ, for the sake 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 (which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Savior),
To Titus, my true child in a common faith…” Titus 1:1:4
Observation: I wonder why Paul wrote this preamble to Titus? Certainly, they were familiar with each other, right? Says it right there…
Analysis: When I began reading Titus, I wondered what common points I would find with Timothy?
Both referred to as “true child in the faith”.
Timmy was charged with settling down the church at Ephesus.
Titus was charged with settling down the church at Crete.
Without going through point by point, Paul gave both similar instructions concerning teaching doctrine, establishing leadership and qualifications for elders, overseers, and deacons.
Why is this important? Why not address the congregation with exhortation, correction, and encouragement?
Paul is establishing his own “bona fides” in these preambles: reviewing again his good faith qualifications; his fidelity to Jesus Christ and the Gospel with his guys. Paul appointed Titus (and Timothy) to be emissaries of the Gospel and, with the preamble to the Letters, he is establishing an example to follow and unfailingly declaring what the focus of Titus’s mission should be—godliness.
The rest of the chapter has to do with advancing the health of the local church…
An objective that I should take personally, beginning with the face in the mirror. If Paul says these things (above references) about himself, what can I say about myself?
Prayer: Father, I keep pounding on this subject. Help me not to fall into the trap of having a conviction and then seeing evidence of that conviction everywhere I read in so much untruth. I want to see objectively, scholarly, like a good investigator and not running off into a rabbit hole.
You are, O Lord, the Truth that I seek, Your word a light on my feet and paths…