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ST. PAUL'S SALUTATION TO TITUS-CHAP. XII. Jalian Pea acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness ; Nicopolis. riod, 4764.
2 In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, VulgarÆra, 53.
promised before the world began;
Tim.i. 1-3. with Titus i. 4,5; 1 Tim. i. 4. with Tit. i. 14; 1 Tim.
Titus was a Greek, and one of Paul's early converts, who at.
Daring St. Paul's stay at Corinth for a year and a half, the first time, about A.D. 51, and A.D. 52, it is most likely that he made a voyage to the island of Crete, in order to preach the Gospel there, and took with him Titus as an assistant, whom he left behind bim, to regulate the concerns of that Church. (Tit. i. 5.)' Shortly after his return, probably to Corinth, he wrote this letter of instructions to Titus, how to conduct himself in his episcopal office, with directions to come back to bim at Nicopolis, where he meant to winter. (Tit. iii. 12.) The superscription supposes that this was“ Nicopolis, a city of Macedonia, but this is certainly a mistake, for by this is meant, Nicopolis on the river Nessus, in Thrace, built by the Emperor Trajan, after this period. Further, St. Paul, when be wrote, was just returncd from a voyage, therefore the city must have been not far from the sea ; hence it could not have been Nicopolis ad Hæmum, or ad Istrum, though so imagined by Theophylact. Still less the Nicopolis in Armenia, or any other in the middle of Asia Minor, Neither might it bc the Nicopolis in Egypt, near Alexandria. His residence in that case would have been probably in Alexandria itself. The most celebrated city of this name lay in Epirus, opposite the promontory of Actium, and was built by Augustus, on his victory over Anthony. This appears to be the Nicopolis here intended.
The Acts are, indeed, equally sileut on St. Paul's visit to Nicopolis; and many have supposed that both events took place after the close of that history; but the time between his first and second imprisonment at Rome scarcely admits of it.
It is certain that St. Paul made many voyages before the close of the history of the Acts, when Luke was not with him, and which he has not recorded, as 2 Cor. xi. 25. an epistle written soon after his departure from Ephesus, (Acts xx. 1.) It is probable that this Epistle to Titus was written before that second Epistle to the Corinthians.
St. Paul spent a year and a half at Corinth, (Acts xviii. 11.) and three years at Epbesus. If we are hence to suppose, that four years and a half were devoted to those two cities alone, the assertion (2 Cor. xi. 25.) is irreconcilcable with St. Luke's narrative. But, that the apostle did make an excursion during this interval, and returned to Corinth, appears from 2 Cor. xii. 14. xiii. 1. where he terms the third time, wbat we usually call his second visit. If, then, St. Paul's vovage to Crete was from Corinth, the Nicopolis, where he passed the winter, and expected Titus, was certainly that in Epirus. It is true, that in return. ing from Crete Epirus lay out of his way, but he might have been driven there by a storm; and perhaps suffered one of the three shipwrecks he has mentioned. In this case he would have passed the winter in that city, aud“ preached the Gospel,” as he says, (Rom. xv. 19.) “round about unto Illyricum,” previous to his coming to Corinth the second time, when he wrote the Epistle to the Romans.
That Apollos took part in the conversion of the Cretans agrees
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commandment of God our Saviour;
with this hypothesis, for Apollos appears to have come from
This opinion of Michaelis, says Dr. Hales, is much more pro-
Hence there is no date so controverted as that of this Epis-
Lardner dates this Epistle A.D. 56; Barrington, A.D. 57;
Lardner, as usual, states his opinion with diffidence—" It
Paley, in his Horæ Paulinæ, gives the following hypothetic route, as he terms it, of the apostle's last journey.
“ If we may be allowed to suppose that St. Paul, after his liberation at Rome, sailed into Asia, taking Crete in his way, and that from Asia and from Ephesus, the capital of that coun. try, he proceeded into Macedonia, and crossing this peninsula, in his progress, came into the neiglıbourhood of Nicopolis, we have a route which falls in with every thing. It executes the intention expressed by the apostle of visiting Colosse (Philemon, VOL. II.
ST. PAUL'S SALUTATION TO TITUS-CHAP. XII. Julian Pe. 4 To Titus, mine own son after the common faith : Nicopolis. riod, 4766. Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and the Vulgar&ra, Lord Jesus Christ our Saviour. 53.
ver. 22.) and Philippi (Phil. ii. 24.) as soon as he should be set at
It is really a pity, says Dr. Hales, that so simple and consistent an hypothesis throughout, “including a great number of independent circumstances without contradiction,” should be destitute of solid foundation.
The second Epistle to Timothy (which Paley acknowledgos was written during Paul's second imprisonment), in the last chapter, completely overturns his hypothesis.
1. There is no notice taken there of any voyage by sea to Asia ; but not to rest on this negative argument, let us trace the actual route through Corintb, Troas, and Miletus, and probably through Colosse and Philippi.
2. Titus could not, then, be left in Crete, for he was actually in Dalmatia, near Illyricum. (ver. 10.)
3. Timothy was not left at Epbesus, because the apostle did not visit Ephesus; he sailed by it on his last journey to JerusaJem (Acts xx. 16.) though he stopped at Miletus, in its neighbourhood, and there told the Presbyters of Ephesus, whom he sent for, that they should see his face no more, which afflicted them with great grief. (Acts xx. 17–36). Paley supposes that the apostle said this rather despondingly, than by the Spirit (p. 326). But we can see no good reason for the contrary, for what inducement could he have to re-visit a city where he had been already so ill trcated and persecuted, only to provoke fresh persecution. When he was forced to quit Ephesus, in the uproar raised by the shrine-makers of Diana, (Acts xix. 25—40.) he seems to have taken a last farewell of them there (a magájevos), Acts xx. 1.
Paul, it is true, left Trophimus sick at Miletus, the last time, (ver. 20.) But why should he communicate this intelligence, if Timotby was now at Ephesus, in that neighbourhood, especially as Trophimus was an Ephesian, (Acts xxi. 29.) and must bave bad intercourse with his friends there. But Timothy was pot at Ephesus, he was rather in the northern part of Asia, in Pontus, perhaps with Aquila and Priscilla, (ver. 19.) who were of that country, (Acts xviii. 21.) And from Pontus, Timothy's route to Corintb, where Paul left Erastus, (2 Tim. iv. 20.) lay directly through Troas, whence he was commissioned to bring with him the letter-case, or trunk, the books, and especially the parchments, which the apostle had left behind him there, (2 Tim. 1. 13.)
4. Nicopolis, near Actium, was quite out of the route to Rome from Corinth, therefore the Apostle did not visit it, and certainly bad not time to winter there on biş last journey.
5. The resemblance between the Epistles to Titus and Timothy, which Paley indeed has ingeniously and skilfully traced, does not require that they should be written about the same time. It may naturally be ascribed to the sameness of their situations and circumstances in the discharge of their respective episcopal functions.
(a) See Dr. Hales's Analysis of Chronology, vol. ii. part i. p. 1118.Elsley, vol. iii. p. 297.-Michaelis, vol. iv. p. 32.—Paley's Horæ Paulinæ, p. 366, 367, &c. &c.
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St. Paul enumerates the necessary Qualifications required of 53.
those whom Titus was appointed to ordain—more espe-
5 For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou should-
6 If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, having faithful children, not accused of riot, or unruly.
7 For a bishop must be blameless, as the steward of God; not self-willed, not soon angry, not given to wine, no striker, not given to filthy lucre ;
8 But a lover of hospitality, a lover of good men, sober, just, holy, temperate;
9 Holding fast the faithful word, as he hath been
§ 3. TITUS i. 10-16.
the Judaizing Teachers.
11 Whose mouths must be stopped ; who subvert
12 One of themselves, even a prophet of their own, said, The Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, slow bellies.
13 This witness is true. Wherefore rebuke them
14 Not giving heed to Jewish fables, and command-
pure all things are pure; but unto them
16 They profess that they know God; but in works
TITUS Ü. 1-8.
position to the Vices of the Cretans, and the Rites and
1 But speak thou the things which become sound doc-
276 TITUS-CHRISTIANITY BINDING ON ALL_CHAP. XII. Julian Pe 2 That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound Nicopolis. riod, 4766. in faith, in charity, in patience. Vulgarfra,
3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things ;
4 That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children,
5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.
6 Young men likewise exhort to be sober-minded :
7 In all things shewing thyself a pattern of good works; in doctrine shewing uncorruptness, gravity, sincerity,
8 Sound speech that cannot be condemned ; that he
§ 5. TITUS ii. 9. to the end.
Principles-He is reminded that the Christian Religion
9 Exhort servants to be obedient unto their own mas-
10 Not purloining, but shewing all good fidelity; that they may adorn the doctrine of God our Saviour in all things.
11 For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
12 Teaching us, that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world ;
13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;
14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.
15 These things speak, and exhort; and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee “.
44 In this Epistle to Titus a complete and perfect rule for the formation and government of Christian Churches is laid down). A Christian teacher goes into a country with which he has no natural alliance, and by authority delegated to him by an inspired apostle, he is appointed lo ordain a class of men for the public service of the Church. “ The less is blessed of the greater.” As Titus set apart the elders of the Cretan Churches, we infer that elders are to be set apart for the service of God in other Churches, and by a similar authority. If Scripture is given to us for use and instruction, we are required to be guided