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Commentary on The Letter of Paul to Titus

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1.1–4 : Salutation.

1 :

Knowledge of the truth: see 2 Tim. 3.7 n.

3 :

His own good time (or, at the appropriate time): the early Christians saw in the history of Israel and the coming of Jesus the unfolding of God's plan for the salvation of humanity. In accordance with this plan, Jesus was sent at the time God found appropriate; see Rom. 5.6; Gal. 4.4; Eph. 1.10 .

4 :

On Titus, see Introduction to 1 Tim.

1.5–16 : The need for Christian discipline.

5 :

Elders: in 1 Tim. 3.1–7 , a similar list describes the qualifications of a bishop; see 1 Tim. 3.2 n.

7 :

Bishop seems identical here to “elder” in v. 5 .

9 :

Sound teaching: see 1 Tim. 1.10 n.

10–11 :

The problems here are similar to those discussed in 1 Tim. 1.3–4; 6.4–5; 2 Tim. 2.14, 16; 3.6–7 .

12 :

Cretan prophet: probably Epimenides (sixth century B.C.E.).

14 :

Jewish myths and human commandments: see 1 Tim. 4.3 n.

15 :

To the pure: probably meant here in the sense that a person's inner quality determines whether what that person perceives and expresses will be good or evil; see Matt. 7.16–18 . Compare Rom. 14.14 , where it refers to dietary practices.

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