“Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ, according to the faith of God's elect, and the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness;”
King James Version (KJV)
1:1 Paul, a servant of God, and an apostle of Jesus Christ - Titles suitable to the person of Paul, and the office he was assigning to Titus. According to the faith - The propagating of which is the proper business of an apostle. A servant of God - According to the faith of the elect. An apostle of Jesus Christ - According to the knowledge of the truth. We serve God according to the measure of our faith: we fulfil our public office according to the measure of our knowledge. The truth that is after godliness - Which in every point runs parallel with and supports the vital, spiritual worship of God; and, indeed, has no other end or scope. These two verses contain the sum of Christianity, which Titus was always to have in his eye. Of the elect of God - Of all real Christians
Tit 1:1 Directions to Titus SUMMARY OF TITUS 1: Why Titus Was Left. The Qualifications of Elders. False Teachers Who Must Be Stopped. The Character of Cretans. Condition of the Cretan Church. Paul, a servant of God. Paul usually calls himself a "servant of Christ". James uses the form here (Jas 1:1). According to the faith of God's elect. His apostleship looked to the promotion of the faith of God's elect. And the acknowledging of the truth which is after godliness. Bringing men to acknowledge the truth.