In the same way that Paul left Timothy in Ephesus, he left Titus on the island of Crete on their way to Rome. When the church in Crete started, we are not sure. Yet, it was God’s plan that the Mediterranean storm would force their ship off course so they would “reach Phoenix, a harbor of Crete…and spend the winter there” (Acts 27:12). Over these months, Paul sees a critical need and gives Titus specific instructions based on this need.
According to Titus 1:5, why did Paul leave Titus in Crete?
This verse also indicates that there was more than one town on the island of Crete, but the same problem existed in all of them (see also 1:12-14).
What did Paul mean by instructing Titus to “put what remained into order, and appoint elders in every town as I directed you” (1:5)? The whole letter is an answer to this question, but particularly chapter 1:6 to 2:10. The order was not just in leadership (elders), but in the family and in every relationship within the church. As to the elders, William Mac Donald says, “Elders in the New Testament sense are mature Christian men of sterling character who provide spiritual leadership in a local church…describing their function as undersheperds of God’s flock.” (Believer’s Bible Commentary, page 950). This follows what we have said before about Acts 20:17-35.
An Elder is to have a right relationship with his wife and children. His character must be godly, “holding firm to the trustworthy Word as taught, so that he may be able to give instruction in sound doctrine and also to rebuke those who contradict it” (1:9). We will dig deeper into “sound doctrine” tomorrow as it is vital to understand.
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