Titus 3:6 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Titus 3:6, NIV: "whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior,"

Titus 3:6, ESV: "whom he poured out on us richly through Jesus Christ our Savior,"

Titus 3:6, KJV: "Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour;"

Titus 3:6, NASB: "whom He richly poured out upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior,"

Titus 3:6, NLT: "He generously poured out the Spirit upon us through Jesus Christ our Savior."

Titus 3:6, CSB: "He poured out his Spirit on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Savior"

What does Titus 3:6 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Verse 5 ended with a reference to the Holy Spirit. Verse 6 specifies that He is what is "poured out." The Holy Spirit came in power at Pentecost, which was the birth of the church (Acts 2). Here, Paul emphasizes the pouring out of the Holy Spirit in the life of each individual as he or she comes to faith in Christ. This is not a later experience, but something that takes places when a person is saved.

It's important to know that the spirit is referred to using the Greek word hou, which is a masculine "personal pronoun." This is a fancy way of saying that the term means "whom," in reference to a person. The Holy Spirit is being described in personal terms, not as an object or impersonal force.

The Holy Spirit was poured out "richly" or "abundantly." Jesus sent the Holy Spirit, as described in Acts 1:4–5. Paul again refers to Jesus Christ as "our Savior." This stresses the fact that both Paul and Titus are followers of Christ, and of the same Savior. This is despite the fact that Paul was a Jew and Titus was an uncircumcised Gentile.