Titus

TITUS. By nationality, Titus was Greek and seems to have been converted directly out of heathenism when Paul led to him to the Lord (Titus 1:4). He belonged to Paul’s inner circle. Titus may get the Pauline service award for twenty years as Paul’s co-worker. Surprisingly, Luke never mentions Titus unless he is “Titus Justus” of Acts 18:7, where the Syriac version reads “Titus.”

When Titus accompanied Paul on a visit to Jerusalem, some Jewish Christians insisted Paul’s companion be circumcised according to Jewish law. The apostle refused and Titus remained uncircumcised (Galatians 2:1-5). He served as partner and co-worker during Paul’s extended stay in Ephesus and from there tackled difficult assignments.

Paul sent Titus to Corinth on three different occasions. He was successful at dealing with thorny situations. Paul informs Titus of his plans to winter at Nicopolis and asks Titus to join him there as soon as someone arrives to take his place.

Paul left Titus on Crete to correct the churches and appoint elders in every town. Clearly, the apostle had tremendous confidence in Titus’ ability to teach and supervise.

Eusebius reports that Titus died in Crete in A.D. 96 and he was buried in the ancient capital, Gortyna. His head was supposedly removed in 823 by Saracens and later enshrined at St. Mark’s Cathedral, Venice.

TARRYING FOR TITUS (ACTS 20:13). Paul did not sail with the others but went by land to Assos (20 miles by land; 40 miles by sea). This would have enabled him to remain a bit longer at Troas for Titus. The apostle penned Second Corinthians from somewhere in Macedonia when Titus finally arrived and shared the saints’ positive response to the letter of First Corinthians (2 Corinthians 7:5-7).

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