Rob Elphick
child of God / husband / father / Canberra, AU
User since 2011
Rob's proficiency badges
Rob's published pages
One thing, two things: forgetting what's behind, and straining for what is ahead, for the full and final experience of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12-4:1
Paul disciplined himself to treasure the gospel that he would share in it. The exodus fathers provided examples of turning from God.
1 Corinthians 9:23-27
We now look to Him who has made us whole, and become more like Him. We are invited into the wholeness of which David speaks.
Psalms 15:1-5
Love is shown through diligence in managing your own affairs.
1 Thessalonians 4:9-12
Do not be distressed. You will be with Jesus. You know him, and so you know the way to the Father, and you know the Father.
John 14:1-7
David's hope is based on God's commitment to His own name.
Psalms 25:1-22
The Father and the Son ... at work to bring healing, life, and fellowship.
John 5:1-47
Let us go on to maturity, knowing that God's purposes, for his children's good, are secured in Jesus.
Hebrews 5:11-6:3
We have the opportunity to provide our brothers and sisters with a service of eternal value. We do so by reflecting the heart of God.
James 5:19-20
Beware of placing your confidence in wealth. Beware of abusing others in pursuing wealth. If you're in this boat, weep.
James 5:1-6
God alone is the lawgiver and assessor, and he alone can save and destroy. I am in no position to cast a verdict on my brother, so don't.
James 4:11-12
In the midst of my waywardness, God's grace abounds. It is a grace that calls for active, sincere submission, and single-minded devotion.
James 4:1-10
The prayer of the downcast: for God's light and truth to lead him back into communion with God. Meanwhile, he has resolved to hope in God.
Psalms 42-43
The gospel is worth our focus. Exalt in the excellent; avoid the worthless. Be fair and decisive with those who stir for division.
Titus 3:9-11
Through God's mercy in Christ, Christians are heirs of eternal life, and in need of reminding about how this should affect their behaviour.
Titus 3:1-8
Let our tongues yield the fruit of God's mighty redeeming work. It makes no sense for corrupt words to flow out of a renewed heart.
James 3:5-12
Spiritual maturity means appreciating and chosing what is truly good.
Hebrews 5:11-14
Hold Christ the King as first place in your heart. Hold him as your hope, and when people want to know more, be ready to gently explain.
1 Peter 3:13-16
What does a well-ordered life look like? It is devoted to the Lord, undistracted ... and knows time is short.
1 Corinthians 7:26-35
How can we be free from anxieties? Be anxious about one thing - how to please the Lord.
1 Corinthians 7:26-35
The time remaining is short so live as though undistracted, including in relation to marriage.
1 Corinthians 7:26-31
Look at Jesus. In Him, we are brothers and sisters with God's people of old.
Hebrews 3:1-6
view all (23 total)
Titus introduction
Titus 1:1-4
Paul draws attention to concepts that will be important in the letter: e.g. one's identity as a servant of God
Published October 9th, 2022
Share / Groups / About Author
Ph 1:1-4
Ph 1:1-4
Titus 1:1-4
Paul - a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ
a servant
Explanation #1
of God
and an apostle
Explanation #2
of Jesus Christ,
for the sake of the faith
Advantage #1
of God’s elect
and their knowledge
Advantage #2
of the truth,
which accords with godliness,
in hope
of eternal life,
which God, ... promised
who never lies,
before the ages began
and ... manifested
at the proper time
in his word
through the preaching
with which
I have been entrusted
by the command
of God our Savior;
Titus - my true child in a common faith
To Titus,
my true child
in a common faith:
Grace and peace to you
Grace and peace
from God the Father
and Christ Jesus our Savior.
Paul draws attention to God as their savior.
His service is to bring the elect to faith, to an understanding of the gospel, and to godly living. (Mounce)
Paul is the authoritative proclaimer of the gospel message, entrusted by the command of God.
A believing response to the message of the gospel includes not only a full understanding of the content of the gospel but also godly behaviour, a life fully consecrated to God. (Mounce)
The salutation shows a high view of Christ as Paul pairs him with God in typical fashion. Paul is a servant of God and an apostle of Jesus Christ (v 1). Both God and Christ act as savior (vv 3–4), and both together grant grace and peace (v 4b). (Mounce)
Slavery was widespread in the ancient world, and slaves were property with no freedom or rights. Why then do Paul and others use the term so frequently in a positive sense? Part of the answer may lie in Paul’s understanding of the power of sin. All people are in slavery to sin (cf. Rom 6:16; Gal 4:3, 8–9; Titus 3:3; cf. John 8:34) without choice. But once redeemed, they joyously become slaves of God (Rom 6:15–18, 20–23; 8:15; 1 Cor 7:22; Gal 4:4–5; cf. John 15:15) and are employed in his service (cf. K. H. Rengstorf, TDNT 2:273–77). ... Twice Paul says that Christians should behave as “slaves of Christ” (1 Cor 7:22; Eph 6:6), Also 1 Peter 2:16. (Mounce)
Hidden away in this verse is the trilogy of faith , the intellectual understanding of the faith (“knowledge of the truth”), and the proper behavior that must come forth from faith (“godliness”). All three members of the trilogy are necessary elements in Christianity and constitute the goal of Paul’s apostleship. (Mounce)
God's elect were central to Paul's ministry. See also 2 Tim 2:10
A letter's opening will often point to the author's priorities. Consider: Why does Paul identify as (1) a servant (slave) of God, and (2) an apostle of Christ Jesus? What is the purpose of Paul's apostleship? What motivated Paul, what gave him hope? Paul draws attention to the authority given to him by God, who he calls his saviour.
Disclaimer: The opinions and conclusions expressed on this page are those of the author and may or may not accord with the positions of Biblearc or Bethlehem College & Seminary.