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Biblical People: Titus

We don’t hear anything about Titus in the book of Acts. However, Titus receives multiple mentions in some of Paul’s letters, especially in his second letter to the church in Corinth. Throughout these letters we see Titus as working with Paul to tell others about Jesus. 

Though sometimes Paul and Titus work together, more often Paul sends Titus to various cities. Paul also writes a letter to Titus, whom he left in Crete to help build the church there. Another time, Paul sends Titus to Dalmatia.

In Paul’s letter to the church in Galatia, we learn that Titus goes with Paul and Barnabas on a trip to Jerusalem.

An interesting side note is that Titus, with Greek heritage and not being circumcised, isn’t forced to undergo this Jewish tradition, which contrasts with Timothy, whom Paul does circumcise. Does the view of circumcision change or is it dependent on individual factors?

One time in Paul’s travels, he goes to Troas to preach because God provides an opportunity for him to do so, but he has no peace because he can’t find Titus.

So Paul leaves for Macedonia. It’s in Macedonia that Titus provides Paul and his team with much comfort during a discouraging situation. 

This is, in part, because Titus’s spirit has just been refreshed from his visit to the church in Corinth. It’s in Paul’s second letter to them that he calls Titus his partner and coworker.

This is a fitting tribute to the important work of Titus in advancing the kingdom of Jesus.

Are we a partner and coworker with those who advance Jesus’s kingdom?

[Discover more about Titus in 2 Corinthians 2:12–13, 2 Corinthians 7:6–7, 2 Corinthians 7:13–15, 2 Corinthians 8:6–24, 2 Corinthians 12:18, Galatians 2:1–3, 2 Timothy 4:10, and Titus 1:4–5.]

Read more about other people in the New Testament in The Friends and Foes of Jesus, now available in e-book, paperback, and hardcover.

A lifelong student of the Bible, Peter DeHaan, PhD, wrote the 700-page website ABibleADay.com to encourage people to explore the Bible. His main blog and many books urge Christians to push past the status quo and reconsider how they practice their faith in every area of their lives.