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The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God stands forever. Isa 40:8

book of titus chiastic structure

He gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed, and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works.

Read Titus 1-3 at Bible Gateway.

It turns out the book of Titus forms its own complete chiastic structure (please see the teaching tools of scripture if you are unfamiliar with chiastic structures):

Tit 1:1-3:15
1a) Tit 1:1-4, Paul’s greeting to Titus: grace, mercy, and peace from God the Father + Lord Jesus Christ;
1b) Tit 1:5-9, I left you in Crete to set in order what is lacking + appoint qualified elders in every city;
1c) Tit 1:10-16,
— 1c.1) Tit 1:10-14, Rebuke the insubordinate/ do not heed Jewish fables + commandments of men;
— 1c.2) Tit 1:15-16, The unbelieving mind + conscience defiled/ profess God but deny Him in works;
1d) Tit 2:1-7, Speak sound doctrine + proper behavior for old + young, men + women;
1e) Tit 2:8-13,
— 1e.1) Tit 2:8, Show yourself of sound speech that an opponent may have nothing evil to say of you;
— 1e.2) Tit 2:9-10, Exhort bondservants to be obedient to masters, not answering back;
— 1e.3) Tit 2:11-13, For the grace of God for salvation has appeared to all men/ live righteously/ blessed hope;
central axis) Tit 2:14, Who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed, and purify for Himself His own special people, zealous for good works;
2e) Tit 2:15-3:7,
— 2e.1) Tit 2:15, Speak these things with all authority and let no one despise you;
— 2e.2) Tit 3:1-3, Remind them to be subject to rulers and authorities, to obey … to speak evil of no one;
— 2e.3) Tit 3:4-7, Love of God our Savior toward man appeared/ not by righteousness/ hope of eternal life;
2d) Tit 3:8, Affirm constantly + those who have believed in God should maintain good works;
2c) Tit 3:9-11,
— 2c.1) Tit 3:9-10, Avoid disputes + genealogies + strivings re: the Law/ reject the divisive;
— 2c.2) Tit 3:11, For such a person is warped and sinning, being self-condemned;
2b) Tit 3:12-14, Come to me at Nicopolis + instructions to do with the church;
2a) Tit 3:15, Paul’s benediction to Titus: Grace be with you all. Amen.

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