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Titus 1

Salutation

1Paul, a bond-servant of God and an apostle (special messenger, personally chosen representative) of Jesus Christ, for the faith of God’s chosen ones and [to lead and encourage them to recognize and pursue] the knowledge of the truth which leads to godliness, based on the hope and divine guarantee of eternal life, [the life] which God, who is ever truthful and without deceit, promised before the ages of time began, and at the appointed time has made known His word and revealed it as His message, through preaching, which was entrusted to me according to the command of God our Savior—

To Titus, my true child in a common faith: Grace and peace [inner calm and spiritual well-being] from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior.

Qualifications of Elders

For this reason I left you behind in Crete, so that you would set right what remains unfinished, and appoint [a]elders in every city as I directed you, namely, a man of unquestionable integrity, the husband of one wife, having children who believe, not accused of being immoral or rebellious. For the [b]overseer, as God’s steward, must be blameless, not self-willed, not quick-tempered, not addicted to wine, not violent, not greedy for dishonest gain [but financially ethical]. And he must be hospitable [to believers, as well as strangers], a lover of what is good, sensible (upright), fair, devout, self-disciplined [above reproach—whether in public or in private]. He must hold firmly to the trustworthy word [of God] as it was taught to him, so that he will be able both to give accurate instruction in sound [reliable, error-free] doctrine and to refute those who contradict [it by explaining their error].

10 For there are many rebellious men who are empty talkers [just windbags] and deceivers; especially those of the circumcision [those Jews who insist that Gentile believers must be circumcised and keep the Law in order to be saved]. 11 They must be silenced, because they are upsetting whole families by teaching things they should not teach for the purpose of dishonest financial gain. 12 One of them [Epimenides, a Cretan], a [c]prophet of their own, said, “Cretans are always liars, evil beasts, lazy gluttons.” 13 This description is true. So rebuke them sharply so that they will be sound in the faith and free from doctrinal error, 14 not paying attention to Jewish myths and the commandments and rules of men who turn their backs on the truth. 15 To the pure, all things are pure; but to the corrupt and unbelieving, nothing is pure; both their mind and their conscience are corrupted. 16 They profess to know God [to recognize and be acquainted with Him], but by their actions they deny and disown Him. They are detestable and disobedient and worthless for good work of any kind.

Notas al pie

  1. Titus 1:5 The words elder, overseer, and bishop are used interchangeably to indicate the spiritually mature men who were qualified and selected to serve as leaders and shepherds over the church of God (v 7; cf Acts 20:17,28; 1 Tim 3:1-7; 1 Pet 5:1, 2).
  2. Titus 1:7 Or bishop.
  3. Titus 1:12 Epimenides was a highly regarded sixth century b.c. poet and philosopher from Crete. His description of his own people had by this time become a proverb.

Spanish, Castilian (La Nueva Biblia al Día)

Titus 1

1Yo, Pablo, siervo de Dios y apóstol de Jesucristo conforme a la fe de los escogidos de Dios y el conocimiento de las verdades divinas, 2vivo con la esperanza de la vida eterna, la cual Dios, que no puede mentir, prometió desde antes de la creación del mundo. 3Ahora, a su debido tiempo, ha revelado estas buenas noticias, que a mí, por mandato de Dios nuestro Salvador, me ha sido encomendado proclamar.

4Me dirijo a ti, Tito, verdadero hijo mío en la fe del Señor: Gracia y paz te sean concedidas de Dios Padre y de Cristo Jesús, nuestro Salvador.

Tarea de Tito en Creta

5Te dejé en la isla de Creta para que trataras de corregir los defectos de las iglesias y establecieras en cada ciudad, de acuerdo con las instrucciones que te di, ancianos 6de conducta irreprochable, maridos de una sola mujer y cuyos hijos sean creyentes y no tengan fama de disolutos o rebeldes.

7El obispo, como ministro de Dios, debe ser persona de intachable comportamiento. No ha de mostrarse arrogante ni iracundo, ni ha de ser dado a la bebida, a las peleas o a la codicia. 8Debe tener un talante acogedor, amar el bien, actuar con sensatez y justicia, poseer una mente limpia y saber dominarse a sí mismo. 9Su fe en las verdades en que fue instruido ha de ser firme y fuerte, para que él, a su vez, pueda instruir a otros y esté capacitado para convencer a los contradictores. 10Porque todavía quedan muchos, sobre todo procedentes de la circuncisión, es decir, del judaísmo, que se obstinan en sus errores y no dejan de decir vaciedades y mentiras. 11A estos es menester taparles la boca, pues movidos por su amor al dinero enseñan lo que no deben, y con sus doctrinas han trastornado a familias enteras.

12Un profeta de la isla de Creta dijo de sus propios compatriotas: “Los cretenses, siempre mentirosos, malas bestias, glotones y holgazanes”. 13Lo cual es cierto. Por eso, reprende con severidad a los creyentes, para que se afirmen en una fe sana 14y no se dejen embaucar por fábulas judías ni mandamientos de individuos que “se han apartado de la verdad. “ 15Quienes de veras son puros, lo ven todo bueno y puro; pero a los que tienen el corazón corrompido y lleno de incredulidad, todo les parece malo, porque la corrupción de su mente y de su conciencia desfigura lo que ven. 16Dicen conocer a Dios, pero con sus hechos demuestran no conocerlo; y son abominables, rebeldes e incapaces de hacer nada bueno.