SPECIAL TOPIC: TITUS

A. Titus was one of Paul's most trusted co-workers.  This is evidenced by the fact that Paul sent him to the trouble spots of Corinth and Crete.

B. He was a full Gentile (Timothy was only half-Greek), converted under Paul's preaching.  Paul refused to circumcise him (cf. Galatians 2).

C. He is mentioned often in Paul's letters (cf. 2 Cor. 2:13; 7:6-15; 8:6-24; 12:18; Gal. 2:1-3; 2 Tim. 4:10) and it is very surprising that Luke does not mention him in Acts.  Some commentaries theorize that

1. he may have been a relative of Luke (possibly a brother) and to include his name would have been seen as an act of cultural impropriety on Luke's part, or

2. Titus is Luke's major source of information about Paul's life and ministry and, therefore, like Luke, would not be named

D. He accompanied Paul and Barnabas to the all-important Jerusalem Council, recorded in Acts 15.

E. The book of Titus focuses on advice Paul gives Titus about his work on Crete. Titus is acting as Paul's official surrogate.

F. The last information in the NT about Titus is that he was sent to work in Dalmatia (cf. 2 Tim. 4:10).

 

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