Titus 1 Resources


ADORNING THE DOCTRINE OF GOD
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MAX ALDERMAN

HENRY ALFORD

James Rosscup writes that "This was the great work in the life of the versatile Dean of Canterbury. An outcome of this production was the New Testament for English Readers (4 vols.). Alford was a Calvinist, conservative and premillennial, though not dispensational. He takes a literal interpretation of the thousand years in Rev. 20 and has a famous quote there, is strong on sovereign election as in Ro 8:2930 and 1Pe 1:2, but, unfortunately, holds to baptismal regeneration in such texts as Titus 3:5 and John 3:5. He shows a great knowledge of the Greek text and faces problems of both a doctrinal and textual nature." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

John Piper writes ""When I’m stumped with a...grammatical or syntactical or logical [question] in Paul, I go to Henry Alford. Henry Alford...comes closer more consistently than any other human commentator to asking my kinds of questions."

Charles Haddon Spurgeon writes that this text "is an invaluable aid to the critical study of the text of the New Testament. You will find in it the ripened results of a matured scholarship, the harvesting of a judgment, generally highly impartial, always worthy of respect, which has gleaned from the most important fields of Biblical research, both modern and ancient, at home and abroad. You will not look here for any spirituality of thought or tenderness of feeling; you will find the learned Dean does not forget to do full justice to his own views, and is quite able to express himself vigorously against his opponents; but for what it professes to be, it is an exceedingly able and successful work. The later issues are by far the most desirable, as the author has considerably revised the work in the fourth edition. What I have said of his Greek Testament applies equally to Alford’s New Testament for English Readers,* which is also a standard work." (Spurgeon, C. H. Lectures to my Students, Vol. 4: Commenting and Commentaries; Lectures Addressed to the students of the Pastors' College, Metropolitan Tabernacle)

GREG ALLEN

JOSEPH ALLEINE (1671)

DON ANDERSON

PAUL APPLE

BAKER EVANGELICAL DICTIONARY - et al

WILLIAM BARCLAY

ALBERT BARNES

BRIAN BELL

CHRIS BENFIELD

JOHANN BENGEL

JOSEPH BENSON

JOHN HENRY BERNARD

BIBLICAL ILLUSTRATOR

BRIAN BILL

ERNEST FAULKNER BROWN

D Edmond Hiebert - Westminster Commentaries. London: Methuen & Co. (1917). A concise, conservative, phrase-by-phrase interpretation by a missionary in India who understands the positions of Timothy and Titus in the light of his own missionary experience.

PAUL BUCKNELL

JOHN CALVIN

James Rosscup - Calvin was not only a great theologian but also a great expositor, and his insight into Scripture contributed to his grasp of doctrinal truth. His commentaries are deep in spiritual understanding, usually helpful on problem passages, and refreshing in a devotional sense to the really interested reader. He usually offers good help on a passage. The present work skips Judges, Ruth, Samuel, Kings, Chronicles, Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther, Job, Ecclesiastes, Song of Solomon, II and III John and Revelation. Calvin is amillennial on long-range prophecy, but in other respects usually has very contributive perception on passages and doctrinal values edifying to the believer. He also can be very wordy, but the serious and patient glean much. 

D Edmond Hiebert - Valuable for insights into Reformation day views.

CAMBRIDGE GREEK TESTAMENT FOR SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES

D Edmond Hiebert - Greek text. The introductions provide a satisfactory study of the problems connected with the Pastorals from a conservative viewpoint. The exegetical notes on the text of the epistles are thorough, thoughtful, and scholarly.

Cyril Barber - This....1886 commentary from the Cambridge Greek Testament series readily interacts with critical issues raised by the publication of the NT texts of Tischendorf and Tregelles. Plummer then treats these letters in a most commendable way, providing some unique insights into the thought of the apostle and the nuances of the original text. (The Minister's Library, Volume 2)

James Rosscup writes "Though old, this is a good study from the Greek text which will be helpful in any more advanced study of the epistles. There are other works more highly recommended, however." (Commentaries for Biblical Expositors: An Annotated Bibliography of Selected Works)

CAMBRIDGE BIBLE FOR SCHOOLS AND COLLEGES

D Edmond Hiebert - The introduction adequately treats the critical problems from a conservative position. Full and informative notes on the text; valuable appendixes.

CAMBRIDGE GREEK

DONALD CANTRELL

RICH CATHERS

CENTURY BIBLE COMMENTARY

JOHN CHRYSOSTOM - Homilies

GEORGE CLARKE

STEVEN COLE

THOMAS CONSTABLE

W A CRISWELL

RON DANIEL

J N DARBY

SAMUEL DAVIES

Titus 1:16 (cf Lk 6:46, 2 Ti 2:19)  A professed atheist—is a monster that we do not often meet with. But the more absurd and astonishing phenomenon of a practical atheist; one who is orthodox in principle—but an infidel in practice—we find wherever we turn!

JOHN DUMMELOW

J LIGON DUNCAN

EASY ENGLISH

CHARLES ELLICOTT - Commentary for English Readers - Editor

EXPLORE THE BIBLE

EXPOSITOR'S BIBLE COMMENTARY- Alfred Plummer

EXPOSITOR'S GREEK TESTAMENT

Hiebert - Greek text. Important for linguistic study of the epistles. Defends Johannine authorship. The viewpoint is essentially conservative.

Rosscup - This is a thorough exegesis of the Greek text. It is considered to be one of the standard tools for exegetical study.

PATRICK FAIRBAIRN - The Pastoral Epistles , 1874

John Cereghin - What a good translation, full defense of the apostolic authorship of the epistles, fruitful comments and profitable dissertations, this volume is as complete a guide to the smaller epistles as one could desire. This old, standard treatment shows how pastors may use the Greek text to aid their exposition. A fine work in spite of its age. Uses Tischendorf's Greek text. Holds that Christ was a substitutionary ransom for sin (117); stresses the divine inspiration of Scripture (379); concludes with three appendixes on problem passages (405ff). Very thorough commentary on the Greek text. Defends Pauline authorship (1- 19); favors view that Jesus Christ is called "our great God and Saviour" (283); attacks the idea of baptismal regeneration (295); has a special appendix on the treatment of slavery in the New Testament (432). 

D Edmond Hiebert - Uses the Greek text of Tischendorf and the author's translation on facing pages. A voluminous (nearly 450 pages) exposition by a conservative Scottish theologian. Still worth consulting but devoid of the results of recent scholarship.

DON FORTNER

A C GAEBELEIN

TONY GARLAND

GENE GETZ - principles from the respecitive passages

Cyril Barber on Getz's written work on Titus - Published first in 1978 by Zondervan. This practical study now takes its place alongside the author's other "Measure of" books. It is a pleasing series of meditations on Paul's letter to his youthful prot6# and edifies as well as instructs the reader. (The Minister's Library - Volume 2)

  • Titus 1:1-4; Trustworthy Coworkers: All spiritual leaders should have dedicated coworkers whom they can trust to fulfill difficult ministry assignments. Video
  • Titus 1:5-6; Interpreting Scripture Accurately: When using the qualities Paul outlined for selecting leaders, we must be sure to define and interpret each quality accurately. Video
  • Titus 1:7-9; Doctrine of Character: When using Paul's criteria for selecting spiritual leaders, we should allow a certain amount of freedom so as to be culturally relevant, but we should never compromise God's standards for maturity. Video
  • Titus 1:10-16; Bold Confrontation: Spiritual leaders should confront false teachers with patience and gentleness, but when there is no positive response, they are to take more direct and decisive action. Video

JOHN GILL

GOSPEL COALITION - Alistar Begg, Justin Taylor, et al

GOT QUESTIONS

GRACE NOTES

L M GRANT

GRACE NOTES

DONALD GUTHRIE

DAVE GUZIK

MATTHEW HENRY

F B HOLE

HOLMAN CHRISTIAN STANDARD STUDY BIBLE

HOMILETICS

R F HORTON

ALFRED HUMPHREYS

INTERNATIONAL CRITICAL COMMENTARY NT  -  I. Howard Marshall

D Edmond Hiebert -    Lock, Walter, "A Critical and Exegetical Commentary on the Pastoral Epistles." The International Critical Commentary. Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark (1924). Greek text. Lock leans to the conservative view but makes no pronouncements on the vexing critical problems. The notes on the Greek text are rather thin. Not up to the high standard of this series.

INTERVARSITY PRESS COMMENTARY - Philip H Towner

H A IRONSIDE

James Rosscup - He is staunchly evangelical, showing good broad surveys based on diligent study, practical turns, even choice illustrations. In prophecy he is premillennial dispensational....Many preachers have found that Ironside works, read along with heavier books on details of exegesis, help them see the sweep of the message and prime their spirits for practical relevance.

JAMIESON, FAUSSET, BROWN

Rosscup - This is a helpful old set of 1863 for laypeople and pastors to have because it usually comments at least to some degree on problems. Though terse, it provides something good on almost any passage, phrase by phrase and is to some degree critical in nature. It is evangelical. There is also a 1-volume edition, briefer at some points (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1961). Especially in its multi-volume form this is one of the old evangelical works that offers fairly solid though brief help on many verses. Spurgeon said, “It contains so great a variety of information that if a man had no other exposition he would find himself at no great loss if he possessed this and used it diligently” (Commenting and Commentaries, p. 3). Things have changed greatly since this assessment! It is primarily of help to pastors and lay people looking for quick, though usually somewhat knowledgeable treatments on verses.

Spurgeon - A really standard work. We consult it continually, and with growing interest. Mr. Fausset’s portion strikes us as being of the highest order. 

My Comment - This is one of the best older (Pre-1800) works on interpretation of prophecy as it tends to interpret the text literally and not allegorically.

S LEWIS JOHNSON

HAMPTON KEATHLEY III

WILLIAM KELLY

John Cereghin - A careful exposition by a voluminous Plymouth Brethren scholar of the 19th century.

FRANKLIN KIRKSEY

PAUL E KRETZMANN - Popular Commentary

LANGE'S COMMENTARY

D Edmond Hiebert -  Oosterzee, J. J. Van, "The Pastoral Letters," J. P. Lange's Commentary on the Holy Scriptures. Translated from the German.  (1863). The abundant material is in three sections: exegetical and critical; doctrinal and ethical; homiletical and practical. A full evangelical treatment by a Dutch Reformed minister and theologian of the past century.

James Rosscup - The treatments of books within this evangelical set vary in importance. Generally, one finds a wealth of detailed commentary, background, and some critical and exegetical notes. Often, however, there is much excess verbiage that does not help particularly. On the other hand, it usually has something to assist the expositor on problems and is a good general set for pastors and serious lay people though it is old.

J P LILLEY TITUS EXPOSITORY COMMENTARY

D Edmond Hiebert - A scholarly, conservative work (published in 1901) giving a comprehensive discussion of the Pastorals as a group as well as the individual epistles. A verse-by-verse exposition characterized by spiritual warmth and practical appeal.

JOHN MACARTHUR

J VERNON MCGEE

F B MEYER

HEINRICH A W MEYER

ROBERT MORGAN

HENRY MORRIS - Defender's Study Bible Notes

MONERGISM MP3'S

ROBERT NEIGHBOUR - Living Water Commentary

NET BIBLE NOTES

PEOPLE'S NT COMMENTARY - B W Johnson

PHIL NEWTON

JAMES NISBET - CHURCH PULPIT COMMENTARY

OUR DAILY BREAD DEVOTIONALS

ASHTON OXEDEN, 1862

JOSEPH PARKER - The People's Bible 

GENE PENSIERO

J B PHILLIPS

MATTHEW POOLE

MATT POSTIFF - sermon notes

PREACHER'S HOMILETICAL COMMENTARY

PRECEPT MINISTRIES

RAY PRITCHARD

PULPIT COMMENTARY

RON RITCHIE

ROBERT RAYBURN

REFORMATION STUDY BIBLE

A T ROBERTSON

DON ROBINSON

GIL RUGH

PHILLIP SCHAFF

SERMONS BY VERSE 

SERMON BIBLE COMMENTARY

JOHN SCHULTZ

CLAUDE STAUFFER - SERMON NOTES

CHARLES SIMEON

CHUCK SMITH

C H SPURGEON

RAY STEDMAN

JUSTIN TAYLOR

THIRD MILLENNIUM

TODAY IN THE WORD DEVOTIONALS

BOB UTLEY

VERSE BY VERSE COMMENTARY - Bruce Hurt

MARVIN VINCENT

OCTAVIUS WINSLOW

Titus 1:2 - LOOK upon all the Lord's covenant dealings with you as but preparatory to your approaching emancipation from all sin, suffering, and sorrow. Welcome your trials—they are sent by your Father. Welcome the stroke of His rod—it is a Parent smiting. Welcome whatever detaches you from earth, and wings your spirit heavenward. Welcome the furnace that consumes the dross and the tin, and brings out the precious gold and silver, to reflect in your soul, even now, the dawnings of future glory. Oh! be submissive, meek, and quiet, under God's chastening and afflicting hand, and receive all His dispensations as only tending to fit you more perfectly for "the inheritance of the saints in light." Let his "hope of eternal life" cheer and comfort the bereaved of the Lord, from whose hearts have fled the loved and sanctified ones of earth, to the eternal heaven. Oh! how full of consolation is this prospect! Where have the departed fled, who sleep in Jesus? They have but exchanged the region of darkness and shadow for the regions of light and glory. They have gone from the scene of impurity, defilement, and sin, to the place of perfect holiness, complete sanctification, and eternal love. Then dry your tears—then press the consolations of the gospel to your sorrowing heart, and look up with that eye of faith that pierces the penetrates the dark clouds that intervene between them and you, and behold them now "partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light." And oh! yourselves anticipate the blessed moment when the Savior shall send, not an enemy, but a friend—for such is death to the Christian—to open the cage that imprisons your spirit, and let you escape to the abodes of eternal glory. Oh! anticipate and, by anticipating, be preparing, day by day, for its realization; anticipate the happy moment which releases you from "the body of sin and death," and ushers you into the full enjoyment of "eternal life." Such is heaven, and such is the consummation of the inner life. As that life descended from God so to God it shall ultimately and finally return. It shall never, never die. Not a spark shall be quenched, nor shall a pulse cease to beat—not a thought that it has conceived, nor a desire it has cherished, nor a prayer it has breathed, nor a work it has accomplished, nor a victory it has won, shall die; all, all shall survive in ever-growing, ever-enduring glory.

The babe in grace shall be there! The young man, strong in overcoming the wicked one, shall be there! The father, matured in experience, and laden with the golden fruits of age, shall be there! All, all shall reach heaven at last—the end and the consummation of the life of God in their souls. Oh, to have this heaven in our hearts now! Heaven is love—the place of love—the perfection of love. And what is God's love in our hearts but the foretaste of heaven—the foretaste of heaven—the first gatherings of the vintage—the pledge and earnest of all that is to come?

SERMONS BY VERSE

A Servant of God Dean Church. Titus 1:1
Christian Ministry W.M. Statham Titus 1:1
God's Elect T. Taylor, D. D. Titus 1:1
High Office Means Chief Service in the Church T. Taylor, D. D. Titus 1:1
Lessons F. Wagstaff. Titus 1:1
On the Gospel Being the Truth After Godliness R. South, D. D. Titus 1:1
Redemptive Truth D. Thomas, D. D. Titus 1:1
The Doctrine of the Gospel T. Taylor, D. D. Titus 1:1
The Grandest End and Means of Life Homilist Titus 1:1
The Honour of Being a Servant of God T. Taylor, D. D. Titus 1:1
Truth and Life W.M. Statham Titus 1:1
Truth as a Medium of Godliness T. W. Jenkyn, D. D. Titus 1:1
Willing Service   Titus 1:1
Apostolic Address and Salutation T. Croskery Titus 1:1-4
Redemptive Truth D. Thomas Titus 1:1-4
All the Promises, Promises to Christ H. Melvill, B. D. Titus 1:2
Christianity a Hope-Inspiring Promise Homilist Titus 1:2
Eternal Life G. Clayton, M. A. Titus 1:2
God Cannot Lie   Titus 1:2
Hope Reaching Beyond the Revolutions of Time Homilist Titus 1:2
Lessons F. Wagstaff. Titus 1:2
The Covenant -- its Deathless Life and Hope C. J. Brown, D. D. Titus 1:2
The Divine Foresight W.M. Statham Titus 1:2
The Divine Veracity W.M. Statham Titus 1:2
The Grace of Hope T. Taylor, D. D. Titus 1:2
The Immortal Hope W.M. Statham Titus 1:2
The Inspiration of Hope   Titus 1:2
What God Cannot Do C. H. Spurgeon., T. Taylor, D. D. Titus 1:2
A Timely Revelation F. Wagstaff. Titus 1:3
God's Word Manifested Through Preaching W. Lucy. Titus 1:3
Preaching in God's Name J. G. Ryle. Titus 1:3
Salvation Revealed T. Taylor, D. D. Titus 1:3
The Best Ally in Christian Work T. H. Hunt. Titus 1:3
The Christian Ministry T. Taylor, D. D. Titus 1:3
The Divine Proclamation W.M. Statham Titus 1:3
Believed in Everywhere W.M. Statham Titus 1:4
Grace Bringing Peace T. Taylor, D. D. Titus 1:4
Lessons F. Wagstaff. Titus 1:4
Peace Through Christ Preacher's Lantern. Titus 1:4
Spiritual Children   Titus 1:4
Spiritual Parentage T. Taylor, D. D. Titus 1:4
An Embertide Sermon J. G. Carleton, B. D. Titus 1:5
Apostolic-Preparation W.M. Statham Titus 1:5
Church Order D. Thomas, D. D. Titus 1:5
Directions Regarding the Appointment of Elders A. Plummer, D. D. Titus 1:5
Ministers as Moral Leaders F. Wagstaff. Titus 1:5
Perfecting the Order of the Church T. Taylor, D. D. Titus 1:5
Titus Left in Crete W. Burkitt, M. A. Titus 1:5
Titus's Commission in Crete T. Croskery Titus 1:5
Church Order D. Thomas Titus 1:5-9
A Man of Scandalous Life is Unfit to be a Minister T. Taylor, D. D. Titus 1:6
Importance of Good Ministerial Character   Titus 1:6
Lessons F. Wagstaff. Titus 1:6
Rules to Keep a Man Unreprovable T. Taylor, D. D. Titus 1:6
The Husband of One Wife W. Graham, D. D. Titus 1:6
The Secret of a Blameless Life Conybeare and Howson. Titus 1:6
The Character of Bishops - Their Negative Qualifications T. Croskery Titus 1:6, 7
A Faithful Steward S. Cook, D. D. Titus 1:7-9
An Ideal Bishop Archdeacon Farrar. Titus 1:7-9
Drunkenness W. Graham, D. D. Titus 1:7-9
Frowardness Most Dangerous in a Minister T. Taylor, D. D. Titus 1:7-9
Good Companionship W. Graham, D. D. Titus 1:7-9
Good Ministerial Qualities W. Graham, D. D. Titus 1:7-9
Hastiness to Anger a Great Blot in a Minister T. Taylor, D. D. Titus 1:7-9
Hospitality in Ministers T. Taylor, D. D. Titus 1:7-9
Means to Repress Rash Anger T. Taylor, D. D. Titus 1:7-9
Ministerial Stewardship T. Taylor, D. D. Titus 1:7-9
No Striker Adam Clarke. Titus 1:7-9
Qualifications for the Eldership J. O. Dykes, D. D. Titus 1:7-9
Rules for the Subduing of Covetous Desires T. Taylor, D. D. Titus 1:7-9
Sound Doctrine and Faithful Exhortation T. Taylor, D. D. Titus 1:7-9
Stewards of God   Titus 1:7-9
The Bible Inflexible in its Requirements T. Champness. Titus 1:7-9
The Characteristics of a Successful Preacher F. Wagstaff. Titus 1:7-9
The Faithful Word T. Taylor, D. D. Titus 1:7-9
The Faithful Word to be Improved T. Taylor, D. D. Titus 1:7-9
The Lover of the Good A. Raleigh, D. D. Titus 1:7-9
The Overseers W.M. Statham Titus 1:7-9
The True Hospitality W. Graham, D. D. Titus 1:7-9
Victory Through Preaching Sound Doctrine   Titus 1:7-9
Why a Minister Should not be Addicted to Wine T. Taylor, D. D. Titus 1:7-9
The Bishop's Positive Qualifications T. Croskery Titus 1:8
The Bishop's Qualification as to Doctrine T. Croskery Titus 1:9
Danger from False Teachers   Titus 1:10-11
Faithful Teachers Must Oppose Seducers T. Taylor, D. D. Titus 1:10-11
Hindrances to Religion F. Wagstaff. Titus 1:10-11
Stopping Foolish Speech   Titus 1:10-11
The Characteristics of False Teachers T. Taylor, D. D. Titus 1:10-11
The Silencing of Evil Talkers W. Graham, D. D. Titus 1:10-11
The Character of the Adversaries At Crete T. Croskery Titus 1:10-13
The Sins of the Sect and the Sins of the Tribe D. Thomas Titus 1:10-14
A Classical Quotation H. R. Reynolds, D. D. Titus 1:12-13
A Sharp Rebuke   Titus 1:12-13
Bestiality in Men T. Taylor, D. D. Titus 1:12-13
Christian Reproof F. Wagstaff. Titus 1:12-13
Different Modes of Dealing with Different Sins T. Taylor, D. D. Titus 1:12-13
Falsehood T. Taylor, D. D. Titus 1:12-13
Fidelity in Administering Reproof   Titus 1:12-13
Like a Beast T. Taylor, D. D. Titus 1:12-13
Ministers Must not be Discouraged from Their Duty T. Taylor, D. D. Titus 1:12-13
Sharp Rebukes Sometimes Needed W. R. Burkitt, M. A. Titus 1:12-13
Sharply H. R. Reynolds, D. D. Titus 1:12-13
The Character of the Cretians H. R. Reynolds, D. D. Titus 1:12-13
The Gospel Offered to the Worst W. Graham, D. D. Titus 1:12-13
The Object of Rebukes T. Taylor, D. D. Titus 1:12-13
The Punishment of Liars   Titus 1:12-13
The Reproof of a Good Man   Titus 1:12-13
The Necessity of Godly Rebuke T. Croskery Titus 1:13, 14
Jewish Fables to be Rejected T. Taylor, D. D. Titus 1:14
Rules to Preserve Us from Being Turned from the Truth T. Taylor, D. D. Titus 1:14
The Perverting Power of Trivialities F. Wagstaff. Titus 1:14

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