OF THE EPISTLE OF ST. PAUL TO
T I T U S.
Epistle of Paul to Titus is much of the same nature with those to
Timothy; both were converts of Paul, and his companions in labours and
sufferings; both were in the office of evangelists, whose work was to
water the churches planted by the apostles, and to set in order the
things that were wanting in them: they were vice-apostles, as it were,
working the work of the Lord, as they did, and mostly under
their direction, though not despotic and arbitrary, but with the
concurring exercise of their own prudence and judgment,
1 Corinthians 16:10,12.
We read much of this Titus, his titles, character, and active
usefulness, in many places--he was a Greek,
Paul called him his son
(2 Corinthians 2:13),
his partner and fellow-helper
(2 Corinthians 8:23),
one that walked in the same spirit and in the same steps with
himself. He went up with the apostles to the church at Jerusalem
was much conversant at Corinth, for which church he had an earnest
2 Corinthians 8:16.
Paul's second epistle to them, and probably his first also, was sent by
2 Corinthians 8:16-18,23,9:2-4,12:18.
He was with the apostle at Rome, and thence went into Dalmatia
(2 Timothy 4:10),
after which no more occurs of him in the scriptures. So that by them he
appears not to have been a fixed bishop; if such he were, and in those
times, the church of Corinth, where he most laboured, had the best
title to him. In Crete (now called Candia, formerly
Hecatompolis, from the hundred cities that were in it), a large
island at the mouth of the Ægean Sea, the gospel had got some
footing; and here were Paul and Titus in one of their travels,
cultivating this plantation; but the apostle of the Gentiles, having on
him the care of all the churches, could not himself tarry long at this
place. He therefore left Titus some time there, to carry on the work
which had been begun, wherein, probably, meeting with more difficulty
than ordinary, Paul wrote this epistle to him; and yet perhaps not so
much for his own sake as for the people's, that the endeavours of
Titus, strengthened with apostolic advice and authority, might be more
significant and effectual among them. He was to see all the cities
furnished with good pastors, to reject and keep out the unmeet and
unworthy, to teach sound doctrine, and instruct all sorts in their
duties, to set forth the free grace of God in man's salvation by
Christ, and withal to show the necessity of maintaining good works by
those who have believed in God and hope for eternal life from him.
Matthew Henry "Verse by Verse Commentary for 'Titus' Matthew Henry Bible Commentary".