Main point summary
Paul writes to Titus so that the elect's faith and knowledge of the truth (~godliness) might lead to eternal life.
Paul, a servant 1 of God and a an apostle of Jesus Christ,
Παῦλος δοῦλος θεοῦ, ἀπόστολος δὲ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ
for the sake of the faith of God’s elect
κατὰ πίστιν ἐκλεκτῶν θεοῦ
and b their knowledge of the truth, c which accords with godliness,
καὶ ἐπίγνωσιν ἀληθείας τῆς κατʼ εὐσέβειαν
d in hope of eternal life,
ἐπʼ ἐλπίδι ζωῆς αἰωνίου,
which God, e who never lies, f promised g before the ages began 1
ἣν ἐπηγγείλατο ὁ ἀψευδὴς θεὸς πρὸ χρόνων αἰωνίων,
and h at the proper time manifested in his word
ἐφανέρωσεν δὲ καιροῖς ἰδίοις τὸν λόγον αὐτοῦ
i through the preaching j with which I have been entrusted k by the command of God our Savior;
ἐν κηρύγματι, ὃ ἐπιστεύθην ἐγὼ κατʼ ἐπιταγὴν τοῦ σωτῆρος ἡμῶν θεοῦ,
To Titus, l my true child in m a common faith:
Τίτῳ γνησίῳ τέκνῳ κατὰ κοινὴν πίστιν,
n Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.
χάρις καὶ εἰρήνη ἀπὸ θεοῦ πατρὸς καὶ Χριστοῦ Ἰησοῦ τοῦ σωτῆρος ἡμῶν.
Purpose of the letter
Arcing Notes 1:1–3 : Why do I arc 1b–3 as a purpose, seeing as there is no hina clause? Kata can indicate purpose also (See “κατά,” BDAG, 512.) Paul writes (or is an apostle) for the purpose of the faith of the elect and their knowledge of the truth. 1:1–3 : Why a progression between verse 1 and verses 2-3? Faith and knowledge of the truth (which accords with godliness) lead to eternal life.