Paul commissions Titus to show how the good news of Jesus can transform Cretan culture from within.
Paul’s letter to Titus urged him to remind Cretan believers that while they live in a sinful culture, they can be transformed into a new humanity by the same grace that Jesus demonstrated when he died to redeem them.
As a new humanity, they can reject a lifestyle that is inconsistent with God's generous love. They can show God's salvation message and transform their communities by participating in Cretan culture, rejecting anything corrupt, living and devoting themselves to Jesus, and promoting the common good.
Paul's Letter to Titus
Paul wrote the book of Titus for his companion, who was tasked with visiting Crete, a place infamous for sin and corruption. Titus was to restore order to house churches in Crete and replace corrupt teachers with godly leaders.
Jesus is Counter-Cultural
Paul opens the book of Titus by stating that the God revealed through Jesus is faithful, true, and a total departure from typical Cretan culture.
Paul assigns Titus to appoint new leaders who live a life totally different from Cretan culture while confronting corrupt leaders who exemplify Cretan life.
A New Household
Paul calls for a new ideal of the Cretan household that will transform their society and demonstrate the redemptive power of the Gospel.
A New Value System
The value system driving Christian life is based on God's generous grace and love, which appeared in the person of Jesus and can transform our daily lives.
The New Humanity
God's love and grace are powerful and can produce new Spirit-empowered people who are faithful to Jesus' teachings in their homes, community, and the world.