Paul writes to Titus who has been left on the island of Crete. Verse 4 expresses the close relationship between Paul and Titus. â€œTo Titus, my true child in a common faith.â€ This points to Titus being a younger man such that their relationship could be characterized as a father to his child. But Paul had sent Titus into a spiritual mess with the instructions to get things fixed and cleaned up. Paul had given Titus two important charges to keep when he left him there on the island of Crete: 1) put things in order 2) appoint elders in every city.
What was the situation in Crete? Why did things have to be â€œput in order?â€ Reading Titus 1:10-16 reveals the situation that Titus was left with to address.
10 For there are many who are insubordinate, empty talkers and deceivers, especially those of the circumcision party. 11 They must be silenced, since they are upsetting whole families by teaching for shameful gain what they ought not to teach. 12 One of the Cretans, a prophet of their own, said, â€œCretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.â€ 13 This testimony is true. (Titus 1:10-13; ESV)
Titus is immersed in a world of evil. It is pretty bad when one of their own inhabitants makes a commentary on that society that they are always liars, evil beasts, and lazy gluttons.
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