Paul (Titus 1:1)


A servant

Of God,

And an apostle

Of Jesus Christ,

For the sake

Of the faith

Of God’s elect

And the knowledge

Of the truth

That is in accordance

With godliness.”

Παῦλος δοῦλος Θεοῦ, ἀπόστολος δὲ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ κατὰ πίστιν ἐκλεκτῶν Θεοῦ καὶ ἐπίγνωσιν ἀληθείας τῆς κατ’ εὐσέβειαν

Paul said, “Paul (Παῦλος), a servant of God (δοῦλος Θεοῦ), and an apostle (ἀπόστολος) of Jesus Christ (δὲ Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ), for the sake of the faith (κατὰ πίστιν) of God’s elect (ἐκλεκτῶν Θεοῦ) and the knowledge (καὶ ἐπίγνωσιν) of the truth (ἀληθείας) that is in accordance with godliness (τῆς κατ’ εὐσέβειαν).”  This is a long introduction.  Paul called himself a servant or a slave of God.  He always called himself an apostle of Jesus Christ in all his other letters.  The followers of Jesus Christ were called the chosen or elected ones, just like the chosen ones of Israel.  This knowledge about truth pertains to Jesus Christ.  Godliness was to live according to the truth about Jesus Christ.  Thus, Paul gave a brief description of himself and his mission in life.  He was truly dedicated to Jesus Christ.  Are you dedicated to Jesus Christ?

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