Titus 1:3 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Titus 1:3, NIV: "and which now at his appointed season he has brought to light through the preaching entrusted to me by the command of God our Savior,"

Titus 1:3, ESV: "and at the proper time manifested in his word through the preaching with which I have been entrusted by the command of God our Savior;"

Titus 1:3, KJV: "But hath in due times manifested his word through preaching, which is committed unto me according to the commandment of God our Saviour;"

Titus 1:3, NASB: "but at the proper time revealed His word in the proclamation with which I was entrusted according to the commandment of God our Savior;"

Titus 1:3, NLT: "And now at just the right time he has revealed this message, which we announce to everyone. It is by the command of God our Savior that I have been entrusted with this work for him."

Titus 1:3, CSB: "In his own time he has revealed his word in the preaching with which I was entrusted by the command of God our Savior:"

What does Titus 1:3 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Paul sees his current time as the "proper" (appropriate) time during which God had revealed new information. This is a reference to the good news—or gospel—of Jesus Christ, the Messiah who rose from the dead (1 Corinthians 15:3–11). Paul was a preacher as well as an apostle and he "proclaimed" the good news as part of his work as an apostle (Titus 1:1). God had "entrusted" this message to Paul, beginning with Paul's experience with Jesus on the road to Damascus (Acts 9).

This mission to preach was not optional. The end of the verse notes Paul's work was "by the command of God our Savior." In this phrase, we see that Paul served in obedience to God's command, just as the Jewish people were to live in obedience to the commands of the Torah (Genesis through Deuteronomy). Paul also called God "our Savior" to indicate he was writing to Titus as a brother in the Lord, even though Titus was a Gentile.