Titus 3:12-15 Final Greetings
When I send Artemas or Tychicus to you, be diligent to come to me at
Nicopolis, for I have determined to winter there.
Help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos in any way you can, so that they
are lacking nothing.
Also, let ours learn to keep up good works for essential needs, so
that they won’t be unfruitful.
All that are with me greet you. Greet those who love us in the faith.
Grace be with you all. Amen.
Paul doesn’t mind asking for assistance. Asking God for assistance
is the first thing we do, but asking help from fellow believers is
good and right.
Acts 18:27 NIV When Apollos wanted to go to Achaia, the brothers
and sisters encouraged him and wrote to the disciples there to
welcome him. When he arrived, he was a great help to those who by
grace had believed.
It is fellowship.
God desires fellowship: 1 John 1:3 NLT We proclaim to you what we
ourselves have actually seen and heard so that you may have
fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with
his Son, Jesus Christ.
United into one family: 1 Corinthians 10:16-18 NLT When we bless
the cup at the Lord’s Table, aren’t we sharing in the blood of
Christ? And when we break the bread, aren’t we sharing in the body of
Christ? 17 And though we are many, we all eat from one loaf of bread,
showing that we are one body. 18 Think about the people of Israel.
Weren’t they united by eating the sacrifices at the altar?
The whole church: Philippians 4:14-15 NLT Even so, you have done
well to share with me in my present difficulty. 15 As you know, you
Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I
first brought you the Good News and then traveled on from Macedonia.
No other church did this.
In suffering: Hebrews 10:33-34 NLT Sometimes you were exposed to
public ridicule and were beaten, and sometimes you helped others who
were suffering the same things. 34 You suffered along with those who
were thrown into jail, and when all you owned was taken from you, you
accepted it with joy. You knew there were better things waiting for
you that will last forever.
In hospitality: 1 Peter 4:9 NLT Cheerfully share your home with
those who need a meal or a place to stay.
In prison: Colossians 4:10 NLT Aristarchus, who is in prison with
me, sends you his greetings, and so does Mark, Barnabas’s cousin. As
you were instructed before, make Mark welcome if he comes your way.
Financially: 1 Timothy 6:17-18 NLT Teach those who are rich in
this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is
so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all
we need for our enjoyment. 18 Tell them to use their money to do
good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in
need, always being ready to share with others.
Brothers and sisters in the
congregation: 1 Corinthians 14:26 NLT Well, my brothers and
sisters, let’s summarize. When you meet together, one will sing,
another will teach, another will tell some special revelation God has
given, one will speak in tongues, and another will interpret what is
said. But everything that is done must strengthen all of you.
Help when tempted, in
other burdens (spiritual,
emotional, intellectual, physical, financial, etc.):
Galatians 6:1-2 NLT Dear brothers and sisters, if another
believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and
humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not
to fall into the same temptation yourself. 2 Share each other’s
burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ.
We need each other: Romans 1:12 NLT When we get together, I want
to encourage you in your faith, but I also want to be encouraged by
Our brother or sister should be a very high concern:
1 Corinthians 10:24 NLT Don’t be concerned for your own good but
for the good of others.
Philippians 2:1-4 CSB If then there is any encouragement in
Christ, if any consolation of love, if any fellowship with the
Spirit, if any affection and mercy, 2 make my joy complete by
thinking the same way, having the same love, united in spirit, intent
on one purpose. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or conceit, but
in humility consider others as more important than yourselves. 4
Everyone should look out not only for his own interests, but also for
the interests of others.
Praying for one another. Many, many of our brothers and sisters are
suffering in every area of the world. Come, Lord Jesus: James 5:14-16
CSB Is anyone among you sick? He should call for the elders of the
church, and they are to pray over him, anointing him with oil in the
name of the Lord. 15 The prayer of faith will save the sick person,
and the Lord will raise him up; if he has committed sins, he will be
forgiven. 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for
one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous
person is very powerful in its effect.
Verse 13 is to help our brothers and sisters in any ministry they
Acts 18:27 CSB When he wanted to cross over to Achaia, the
brothers and sisters wrote to the disciples to welcome him. After he
arrived, he was a great help to those who by grace had believed.
Romans 16:1-2 WEL I
commend to you Phoebe, our sister, who is a deaconess of the church
at Cenchrea, 2 So you may welcome her in the Lord in a worthy manner
as saints and assist her in whatever matter she has need of you, for
she has been a helper to many including me.
Verse 14 Encourages us to not quit doing good works to honor God.
Matthew 5:16 CSB In
the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may
see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
Praying for each other that God will encourage and strengthen us to
do them: 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 CSB May
our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who has loved us
and given us eternal encouragement and good hope by grace, 17
encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good work and word.
God’s grace enables, provides, and strengthens us: 2 Corinthians
9:8 NIV And God is
able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times,
having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.
We do these because we love our God and our brothers and sisters:
Hebrews 6:9-10 CSB Even
though we are speaking this way, dearly loved friends, in your case
we are confident of things that are better and that pertain to
salvation. 10 For God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and
the love you demonstrated for his name by serving the saints—and by
continuing to serve them.
Verse 15 deals with greeting one another and encouraging in the
When we meet in a foreign place or a familiar place, let us greet one
another and assist as needed.
In the faith
is the Gospel, doctrine, and life God wishes for us to be consistent.
1 Corinthians 16:13-14 CSB Be
alert, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong. 14 Do
everything in love.
Few Thoughts on the Epistle of Titus Part 10
advice to pastors, assistance, fellowship,
encouragement, good works, greeting one another