- 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
- 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