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Tito 1

1Pablo, siervo de Dios y apóstol de Jesucristo, llamado para que, mediante la fe, los elegidos de Dios lleguen a conocer la verdadera religión.[a] Nuestra esperanza es la vida eterna, la cual Dios, que no miente, ya había prometido antes de la creación. Ahora, a su debido tiempo, él ha cumplido esta promesa mediante la predicación que se me ha confiado por orden de Dios nuestro Salvador.

A Tito, mi verdadero hijo en esta fe que compartimos:

Que Dios el Padre y Cristo Jesús nuestro Salvador te concedan gracia y paz.

Tarea de Tito en Creta

Te dejé en Creta para que pusieras en orden lo que quedaba por hacer y en cada pueblo nombraras[b] ancianos de la iglesia, de acuerdo con las instrucciones que te di. El anciano debe ser intachable, esposo de una sola mujer; sus hijos deben ser creyentes,[c] libres de sospecha de libertinaje o de desobediencia. El obispo tiene a su cargo la obra de Dios, y por lo tanto debe ser intachable: no arrogante, ni iracundo, ni borracho, ni violento, ni codicioso de ganancias mal habidas. Al contrario, debe ser hospitalario, amigo del bien, sensato, justo, santo y disciplinado. Debe apegarse a la palabra fiel, según la enseñanza que recibió, de modo que también pueda exhortar a otros con la sana doctrina y refutar a los que se opongan.

10 Y es que hay muchos rebeldes, charlatanes y engañadores, especialmente los partidarios de la circuncisión. 11 A esos hay que taparles la boca, ya que están arruinando familias enteras al enseñar lo que no se debe; y lo hacen para obtener ganancias mal habidas. 12 Fue precisamente uno de sus propios profetas el que dijo: «Los cretenses son siempre mentirosos, malas bestias, glotones perezosos». 13 ¡Y es la verdad! Por eso, repréndelos con severidad a fin de que sean sanos en la fe 14 y no hagan caso de leyendas judías ni de lo que exigen esos que rechazan la verdad. 15 Para los puros todo es puro, pero para los corruptos e incrédulos no hay nada puro. Al contrario, tienen corrompidas la mente y la conciencia. 16 Profesan conocer a Dios, pero con sus acciones lo niegan; son abominables, desobedientes e incapaces de hacer nada bueno.

Notas al pie

  1. 1:1 la verdadera religión. Lit. la verdad que es según la piedad.
  2. 1:5 nombraras. Alt. ordenaras.
  3. 1:6 creyentes. Alt. fieles.

New International Reader's Version

Titus 1

1I, Paul, am writing this letter. I serve God, and I am an apostle of Jesus Christ. God sent me to help his chosen people believe in Christ more and more. God sent me to help them understand even more the truth that leads to godly living. That belief and understanding lead to the hope of eternal life. Before time began, God promised to give that life. And he does not lie. Now, at just the right time, he has made his promise clear. He did this through the preaching that he trusted me with. God our Savior has commanded all these things.

Titus, I am sending you this letter. You are my true son in the faith we share.

May God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior give you grace and peace.

Choosing Elders Who Love What Is Good

I left you on the island of Crete. I did this because there were some things that hadn’t been finished. I wanted you to put them in order. I also wanted you to appoint elders in every town. I told you how to do it. An elder must be without blame. He must be faithful to his wife. His children must be believers. They must not give anyone a reason to say that they are wild and don’t obey. A church leader takes care of God’s family. That’s why he must be without blame. He must not look after only his own interests. He must not get angry easily. He must not get drunk. He must not push people around. He must not try to get money by cheating people. Instead, a church leader must welcome people into his home. He must love what is good. He must control his mind and feelings. He must do what is right. He must be holy. He must control the desires of his body. The message as it has been taught can be trusted. He must hold firmly to it. Then he will be able to use true teaching to comfort others and build them up. He will be able to prove that people who oppose it are wrong.

Warning People Who Fail to Do Good

10 Many people refuse to obey God. All they do is talk about things that mean nothing. They try to fool others. No one does these things more than the circumcision group. 11 They must be stopped. They are making trouble for entire families. They do this by teaching things they shouldn’t. They do these things to cheat people. 12 One of Crete’s own prophets has a saying. He says, “People from Crete are always liars. They are evil beasts. They don’t want to work. They live only to eat.” 13 This saying is true. So give a strong warning to people who refuse to obey God. Then they will understand the faith correctly. 14 Then they will pay no attention to Jewish stories that aren’t true. They won’t listen to the mere human commands of people who turn away from the truth. 15 To people who are pure, all things are pure. But to those who have twisted minds and don’t believe, nothing is pure. In fact, their minds and their sense of what is right and wrong are twisted. 16 They claim to know God. But their actions show they don’t know him. They are hated by God. They refuse to obey him. They aren’t fit to do anything good.