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Titus, born of Grecian or Gentile parents, Gal. 2:3, being converted to the faith, was a faithful companion of Paul in his travels, and employed for the ministry of the Word, 2 Cor. 2:12; 8:23, sent unto Corinth to gather alms for the faithful in Judea, 2 Cor. 7:14; 8:6, 16, 23; 12:18, to Dalmatia, 2 Tim. 4:10, and to the island Crete, to furnish the Churches there with faithful teachers, Titus 1:5, for which end he writes this epistle unto him, in which after the usual salutation contained in the four first verses, he shows first what manner of persons the teachers and overseers of the churches must be as to their life and doctrine, and what gifts they must have. Afterward, seeing there were many wicked people in that island, and many seducers who insisted upon certain Jewish fables, and the difference of meats, he exhorts him to reprove them sharply and to stop their mouths, Titus 1. Afterward he exhorts Titus, seeing many misused the doctrine of the Gospel to immorality, to teach in general all sorts of persons, old and young, men and women, parents and children, as well as in particular believing servants how they ought to carry themselves, and that he himself should go before them by a good example; teaching that the doctrine of the Gospel and of the grace shown us by CHRIST is revealed unto us, not to give us occasion to licentiousness, but to stir up unto all virtues, Titus 2. And forasmuch as some also misused the doctrine of the liberty, in which CHRIST has placed us, unto rebellion, he exhorts him in the third chapter to hold forth also continually to the faithful, that they should be obedient to magistrates, and to carry themselves orderly, for that end showing what manner of persons we were before our conversion, and how CHRIST delivered and saved us from it, not according to the merits of our works, but of grace, yet for that end that we should maintain good works. He also exhorts him to flee all foolish questions, contentions and heretical persons. And giving him charge about some of his particular affairs, he concludes the epistle with the usual salutation.


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