Titus

Titus 3:12-15 Being Fruitful.

Evidently Artemas or Tychicus were also pastors, because Paul requests that Titus go to him a Nicopolis, where he had decided to spend the winter (v. 12). Only someone who occupied the same role as Titus could go as his replacement, unless Paul knew of someone else who was labouring in this capacity with Titus. Since Paul also advises Titus to “send Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey with haste” (v. 13a), it may be that there were a number of men labouring with Titus, who could carry on the ministry without him. In any case, Paul adds that they must be sent not lacking anything. Paul urged the church to support this itinerant ministry.

As concerning helping those in need, Paul also urges Titus to make sure that the “people also learn to maintain good works, to meet urgent needs, that they may not be unfruitful” (v. 14). Paul had already admonished Titus to be a “pattern of good works” (2:7), so Titus should have been able to back up his words with deeds observed. We are called to be fruitful in character and deeds, whereby we show our true nature, and that we also have something to give to help those in need. Greetings are shared with those who love “in the faith,” and it is all of grace which we continually need to the very end (v. 15).

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