Paul was quite blunt in how he characterized the Cretans' traits. He had a higher purpose than to criticize them; he wanted to impart helpful instructions.
Paul commands "to speak evil of no one," yet he says some blunt things about the Cretans. Is this a contradiction? How do we reconcile his words with this command?
The congregations in Crete were beset with insubordination, subject to no authority, full of meaningless and senseless talk, distracting the overseer.
Paul encourages Titus to seek out teachers who have an ardent love of the truth, and warns him about false teachers who deceive the congregation.
The Cretan people had earned the reputation of duplicity. Church members faced the consequences of being tarred with the same brush—sometimes deservedly.
Titus had the remarkable ability for being a problem solver, exercising tact, diplomacy, strength, stability, and leadership when sent to problem areas.
The last two chapters of Titus emphasize the importance of sound doctrine to neutralize the negative worldly aspects of culture and the attending heresies.
Titus 2 gives specific instructions to senior members of the congregation, followed by instructions to the youth, explaining their responsibilities.
Even though we are not justified by good works, good works are the honing process with which God perfects us in the life-long process of sanctification.
We have the commission to be witnesses to a corrupt society. It is in the closeness of the crowd that we have the greatest potential to grow spiritually.
To keep from being swept up in the bandwagon effect of compromising with sin, we must make sure our convictions are not merely preferences.
Most converted Christians realize that God is sovereign. But sometimes the Bible reveals something about God that makes us uncomfortable. Can we accept it?