Titus 3



Titus 3 emphasizes the transformative nature of God's grace, the importance of good works as a response to that grace, and practical instructions for Christian living, including submission to authorities and avoiding unprofitable controversies. Paul encourages believers to live in a way that reflects the change brought about by God's mercy and to be devoted to good works.


  1. Submission to Authorities (Titus 3:1-2): Paul instructs believers to be submissive to rulers and authorities, to be obedient, and to be ready for every good work. This aligns with the idea of Christians living in a manner that reflects the transformative power of the gospel.
  2. Reminder of Past Sinful State (Titus 3:3-7): Paul reminds the believers in Crete of their own past sinful condition, emphasizing that they were once foolish, disobedient, led astray, slaves to various passions and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hated by others, and hating one another. However, God's mercy and kindness intervened, bringing salvation through the washing of regeneration and renewal by the Holy Spirit. This salvation is not based on our righteous deeds but on God's grace.
  3. Maintaining Good Works (Titus 3:8-11): Paul stresses the importance of maintaining good works as evidence of a transformed life. He urges Titus to insist on these things, reminding the believers that those who have believed in God should be careful to devote themselves to good works. On the other hand, Paul warns against quarrels about the law, genealogies, and controversies that are unprofitable and worthless.
  4. Final Greetings (Titus 3:12-15): Paul concludes the letter by mentioning his plans and sending greetings. He encourages Titus to join him in Nicopolis after sending Artemas or Tychicus to him. He also instructs Titus to provide for Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their journey and emphasizes the importance of believers engaging in good works for necessary needs.