Titus: Final Words.

All who are with me send greetings to you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all.” (Titus 3:15 ESV)

Greetings is an interesting word. It is easy to overlook; as is Titus 3:15. After all, Paul does not say anything particularly theological in this verse; or does he?  

The apostle referred to all those who were with him when he wrote this epistle. Perhaps this is another reference to Artemas, Tychicus, Zenas, and Apollos (Titus 3:12-13). However, it may refer to other believers. There is no way of knowing. See 1 Cor. 16:202 Cor. 13:12Phil. 4:22; cf. also Rom. 16:21–23Col. 4:10–14

Whoever was with Paul during the time between his two Roman imprisonments, he extended their greetings to Titus. The word greetings (ἀσπάζομαι; aspazomai) means to presently and personally salute someone. It means to pay one’s respects. Paul wanted Titus to know that fellow believers in Christ wished him well and respected him.

Paul then wanted Titus to extend his greetings to the believers in Christ belonging to churches on Crete. The apostle wanted Christians on the island to know that he took notice of them with respect. These people were neither insignificant to the Lord not to Paul.

The phrase “those who love us in the faith” may refer to the faithful love of the Cretan believers for Paul. Their love was trustworthy, it was committed, it was dependable and honorable.

Finally, since grace was part of Paul’s opening salutation (Titus 1:4), it was appropriate for it to be part of his concluding benediction. Since the apostle used the phrase “you all” it meant that while this epistle was specifically written to Titus it was to be read to the entire congregation.

“The apostle concludes with expressions of kind regard and fervent prayer. Grace be with you all; the love and favor of God, with the fruits and effects thereof, according to need; and the increase and feeling of them more and more in your souls. This is the apostle’s wish and prayer, showing his affection to them, and desire for their good, and would be a means of obtaining for them, and bringing down on them, the thing requested. Grace is the chief thing to be wished and prayed for, with respect to ourselves or others; it is “all good,” explains commentators Matthew Henry and Thomas Scott.

Take the opportunity to extend God’s grace to those you meet and greet today. Have a blessed day in the Lord.  

Soli deo Gloria!

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