Titus 1:3 – Paul’s Divine Message

By Wayne Jackson

Theologians frequently talk of “Pauline theology” and “Peterine theology” as though the apostles formulated their own doctrinal platforms.

Paul’s claim was that his message was divine. Hear him. God “in his own seasons manifested his word in the message, wherewith I was entrusted according to the commandment of God our Savior” (1:3). The apostle’s message was God’s word! Could a declaration of inspiration be plainer?

Compare with this Paul’s discussion of the origin of the gospel which he proclaimed as found in Galatians 1.

“For I make known to you, brethren, as touching the gospel which was preached by me, that it is not after man. For neither did I receive it from man, nor was I taught it, but it came to me through revelation of Jesus Christ” (vv. 11, 12).

So bracket Titus 1:3, and in your margin record: Paul’s inspiration. See Galatians 1:11, 12.

Small f26f621c f6aa 4d2b 853d 24e53c812a17

About the Author

Wayne Jackson has written for and edited the Christian Courier since its inception in 1965. He has also written several books on a variety of biblical topics including The Bible and Science, Creation, Evolution, and the Age of the Earth, The Bible on Trial, and a number of commentaries. He lives in Stockton, California with his dear wife, and life-long partner, Betty.