Main point summary
Paul's role in God's plan is to serve God and His Church by promoting, protecting, and proclaiming the message of the gospel.
Paul, a servant 1 of God
Παῦλος δοῦλος θεοῦ,
I, Paul, am a slave of God
Paul, a a bond-servant of God
and a an apostle of Jesus Christ,
ἀπόστολος δὲ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ
and an apostle of Jesus who is the Messiah,
and an b apostle of Jesus Christ,
for the sake of the faith of God’s elect
κατὰ πίστιν ἐκλεκτῶν θεοῦ
I am God's slave and apostle for the sake and benefit of the faith of those chosen by God , his elect people,
1 for the faith of those c chosen of God
and b their knowledge of the truth,
καὶ ἐπίγνωσιν ἀληθείας τῆς
and for the sake of their knowledge of the truth,
and d the knowledge of the truth
c which accords with godliness ,
which leads to godliness , that is Christ-like behavior. (see Eph 4:11-14)
which is e according to godliness,
d in hope of eternal life,
ἐπ’ ἐλπίδι ζωῆς αἰωνίου,
Both my apostleship and the faith and knowledge of the elect are grounded in the confident expectation of gaining eternal life,
in a the hope of eternal life,
which God, e who never lies ,
ἣν ἐπηγγείλατο ὁ ἀψευδὴς θεὸς
which our God , who is unable to lie (see Heb 6:18) but is the truth,
which God, b who cannot lie,
f promised g before the ages began 1
πρὸ χρόνων αἰωνίων
both promised before the beginning of time
c promised 1 d long ages ago,
and h at the proper time manifested in his word
ἐφανέρωσεν δὲ καιροῖς ἰδίοις, τὸν λόγον αὐτοῦ
and revealed his Gospel/word at the appointed time
but a at the proper time manifested, even His word,
i through the preaching
through the preaching and proclamation of the Gospel
in b the proclamation
j with which I have been entrusted k by the command of God our Savior;
ὃ ἐπιστεύθην ἐγὼ κατ’ ἐπιταγὴν τοῦ σωτῆρος ἡμῶν θεοῦ,
that is, the proclamation trust, the ministry of preaching God's Word that was entrusted to me by the command of Jesus who is our Savior and God.
c with which I was entrusted d according to the commandment of e God our Savior,
To Titus, l my true child in m a common faith:
Τίτῳ γνησίῳ τέκνῳ κατὰ κοινὴν πίστιν·
To you, Titus, who is my true son in our mutually shared faith that crosses all cultural and ethnic borders .
To a Titus, b my true child 1 in a c common faith:
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.
I write desiring that you will be blessed with grace and peace from God our Father and Jesus our Savior.
d Grace and peace from God the Father and e Christ Jesus our Savior.
Phil 3:11-12 2Tim 1:1 hope: Rom 8:22-25
2 Tim 1:8-10
That God is revealing the hope of eternal life at a certain and proper time implies that it is not speaking of the Bible but the Gospel revealed at the proper time (see 1Tim 2:6)
Salvation/redemption of man (the elect) is based on God's election/choosing (1c), God's faithfulness/truthfulness (2a), God's eternal decree and purpose (2c-3)
This could be Series or Ground (that the hope of eternal life is grounded on the faith and knowledge) or Id/Exp. What v2 modifies is not unanimously agreed upon. Either it modifies Paul's apostleship and is the reason he is an apostle (which is not incorrect) or it modifies the Christian faith, knowledge, and godliness).
1 - Paul is the slave and apostle of God for the benefit of all those chosen by God
2-3 - The hope of eternal life, which is the basis for Christianity, was promised by God and revealed by God in the gospel.
Titus is Paul's son in the faith as well as his equal in the faith. (There is no Jew or Greek)
Paul's desire in sending this letter is that God may bless Titus with grace and peace.
Paul's purpose for apostleship and for writing this letter was to build up of the faith, knowledge, godliness, and hope of the elect through the preaching of the gospel.
Application Questions: As the elect, are we growing in faith and knowledge? Are we taking advantage of the opportunities before us? Is our knowledge leading to godliness? Is our spiritual education yielding a Godlier life? Is hope our basis for living the Christian life? As a teachers/shepherds, are we doing our part in the building up the church in faith and knowledge?