In II Thessalonians, the Apostle Paul wrote to the believers in Thessalonica who were enduring a cauldron of persecution and affliction. Instead of yielding to the intense suffering and retreating into a hardened, loveless protectionism,
Judas Iscariot’s betrayal alerts us to the fact that no one is exempt from the possibility of betraying Jesus. As the disciples sat together with Jesus at the last supper, Jesus made an announcement: “Behold,
Missionaries, like other servants of God, face the temptation of discouragement. Some things that contribute to discouragement include working among an unresponsive or hostile people group; frequent ministry trips away from spouses and family; trying
“Honourable, was with Paul and Barnabas at Antioch, and” accompanied them to the council at Jerusalem (Gal. 2:1-3; Acts “15:2), although his name nowhere occurs in the Acts of the” “Apostles. He appears to have been a Gentile, and to have been” chiefly engaged in ministering to Gentiles; for Paul sternly “refused to have him circumcised, inasmuch as in his case the” “cause of gospel liberty was at stake. We find him, at a later” “period, with Paul and Timothy at Ephesus, whence he was sent by” Paul to Corinth for the purpose of getting the contributions of the church there in behalf of the poor saints at Jerusalem sent forward (2 Cor. 8:6; 12:18). He rejoined the apostle when he was “in Macedonia, and cheered him with the tidings he brought from” Corinth (7:6-15). After this his name is not mentioned till “after Paul’s first imprisonment, when we find him engaged in the” “organization of the church in Crete, where the apostle had left” him for this purpose (Titus 1:5). The last notice of him is in 2 “Tim. 4:10, where we find him with Paul at Rome during his second” “imprisonment. From Rome he was sent into Dalmatia, no doubt on” some important missionary errand. We have no record of his death. He is not mentioned in the Acts.
Was probably written about the same time as the first epistle to “Timothy, with which it has many affinities. “Both letters were” addressed to persons left by the writer to preside in their respective churches during his absence. Both letters are principally occupied in describing the qualifications to be sought for in those whom they should appoint to offices in the church; and the ingredients of this description are in both letters nearly the same. Timothy and Titus are likewise “cautioned against the same prevailing corruptions, and in” particular against the same misdirection of their cares and studies. This affinity obtains not only in the subject of the “letters, which from the similarity of situation in the persons” to whom they were addressed might be expected to be somewhat “alike, but extends in a great variety of instances to the” phrases and expressions. The writer accosts his two friends with “the same salutation, and passes on to the business of his letter” “by the same transition (comp. 1 Tim. 1:2, 3 with Titus 1:4, 5; 1” “Tim. 1:4 with Titus 1:13, 14; 3:9; 1 Tim. 4:12 with Titus 2:7,” “15).”, Paley’s Horae Paulinae.” “The date of its composition may be concluded from the circumstance that it was written after Paul’s visit to Crete (Titus 1:5). That visit could not be the one referred to in Acts “27:7, when Paul was on his voyage to Rome as a prisoner, and” where he continued a prisoner for two years. We may warrantably suppose that after his release Paul sailed from Rome into Asia “and took Crete by the way, and that there he left Titus “to set” “in order the things that were wanting.” Thence he went to” “Ephesus, where he left Timothy, and from Ephesus to Macedonia,” “where he wrote First Timothy, and thence to Nicopolis in Epirus,” “from which place he wrote to Titus, about A.D. 66 or 67.” “In the subscription to the epistle it is said to have been “written from “Nicopolis of Macedonia,” but no such place is” “known. The subscriptions to the epistles are of no authority, as” they are not authentic.
Definition of Titus: “pleasing”
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