Titus 3:11-15
Titus 3:11 (KJB)
Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.
Subverted - Perverted, turned aside, changed for the worse
Paul states that the heretic in verse 10 has become subverted and is in sin. Titus will not have to spend time in either contending or condemning, simply because of the false doctrine the heretic holds, he is self-condemned already because he has rejected God. (Titus 1:16 KJV) They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate. Remember in Titus 1:16, where the false teachers profess to know God but their works deny Him, that is what is in view here. This is why we are not to waste our time on these people by continuing to pursue them after the first and second admonition. (Mat 7:6 KJV) Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet, and turn again and rend you. The heretics may eventually turn on you and try to prove you wrong in doctrine and if they can’t, will try to ruin your reputation so your ministry will suffer.
Titus 3:12 (KJV)
When I shall send Artemas unto thee, or Tychicus, be diligent to come unto me to Nicopolis: for I have determined there to winter.
We do not know anything of Artemas but if he is mentioned here, he must have been a helper to Paul. Tychicus was a fellow helper of Paul who carried letters to the churches for him. (Acts 20:4 KJV) And there accompanied him into Asia Sopater of Berea; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timotheus; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus. Nicopolis was on the western shore of Greece in the region of Epirus. The town of Emmaus in Israel was also called Nicopolis but Paul would have been in the Grecian Nicopolis. The name “Nicopolis” means “city of victory.” Paul chose to spend the winter there and desired that Titus pay him a visit, since it was not that far from Crete. When Paul sent the letter to Titus, he apparently was not there yet but planned to be and wanted Titus to join him there.
Titus 3:13 (KJB)
Bring Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey diligently, that nothing be wanting unto them.
Diligently - Hastily or speedily
This is the only place in the New Testament where Zenas is mentioned. He could either be a converted Jew who might have been well-versed in the mosaic law or else he could have been a Roman lawyer well-versed in secular legal matters. Apollos was a converted Jew from Alexandria and was well-known as a fellow helper with Paul. (Acts 18:24 KJV) And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus. Paul had asked Titus to bring them hastily on the journey to Nicopolis with him and also to make sure that they had everything they needed for the physical part of their trip. Christian hospitality was a necessary need of the traveling evangelists and their helpers.
Titus 3:14 (KJB)
And let ours also learn to maintain good works for necessary uses, that they be not unfruitful.
To maintain - Give attention to or engage in
Necessary - Intimate and close
Uses - Need, duty, or task
Paul gives a general encouragement in this verse in that he tells the Christians on Crete to engage in good works so there would be necessary needs met for those who did not have plus they were to maintain good works so they would be able to provide for their own needs. Good works is one of the main themes of this Epistle and Paul wants to make sure that all are engaged in them for themselves and for others. This way when needs arise they would not be unfruitful, able to meet whatever needs comes their way.
Titus 3:15 (KJB)
All that are with me salute thee. Greet them that love us in the faith. Grace be with you all. Amen.
Those who were traveling with Paul at the time were sending greetings to Titus and the church there, especially to those who are in the faith. As we see the letter ends with “all” which means that this letter was to be read to the church on Crete. As normal with Paul’s benediction, he desires grace to be upon them all, that is, that they all experience the saving grace of God.