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Titus 3:13-15

13 Make every effort to help Zenas the lawyer and Apollos on their way; make sure they have what they need.

14 Here is another way that our people can learn to engage in good works to meet pressing needs and so not be unfruitful.

15 Everyone with me greets you. Greet those who love us in the faith. Grace be with you all.

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Phrases:

Context: In the previous verse Paul asks Titus to meet him in Nicopolis. Now Paul asks for help to send off Zenas and Apollos.

Make every effort to help –

A) every effort

  • spou-da-íōs means earnestly or promptly.
  • Some English versions translate it as ‘effort to help’ while others translate it as ‘speedily help’.

B) help

  • prop-ém-pō means to send forward, i.e. escort or aid in travel.

Zenas the lawyer –

  • This is the only place Zenas is mentioned.
  • His name means Jupiter.
  • It is unknown if he was a lawyer of the Jewish law or a civilian lawyer.
  • Hippolytus numbers him among the seventy disciples, and relates how in after years he was Bishop of Diospolis. (Ellicott Commentary)
  • Hippolytus of Rome was a disciple of Irenaeus, a disciple of Polycarp, a disciple of Apostle John.

and Apollos on their way –

  • This could mean that Zenas and Apollos were to travel with Titus to Nicopolis, or they were to travel to some other location.
  • See more about the life of Apollos below.
  • Thayer’s Greek Lexicon says, Apollos means ” given by Apollo”; A learned Jew from Alexandria and mighty in the scriptures who became a Christian and a teacher of Christianity.
  • Apollo was the son of Zeus in Greek mythology.

Below are other references in the New Testament regarding Apollos.

He Learned the Way of God More Accurately

  • Acts 18:24 (NET) 24 Now a Jew named Apollos, a native of Alexandria, arrived in Ephesus. He was an eloquent speaker, well-versed in the scriptures. 25 He had been instructed in the way of the Lord, and with great enthusiasm he spoke and taught accurately the facts about Jesus, although he knew only the baptism of John. 26 He began to speak out fearlessly in the synagogue, but when Priscilla and Aquila heard him, they took him aside and explained the way of God to him more accurately. 27 When Apollos wanted to cross over to Achaia, the brothers encouraged him and wrote to the disciples to welcome him. When he arrived, he assisted greatly those who had believed by grace, 28 for he refuted the Jews vigorously in public debate, demonstrating from the scriptures that the Christ was Jesus.

He was Christ’s Servant in Corinth

  • Acts 19:1 (NET) 1 While Apollos was in Corinth, Paul went through the inland regions and came to Ephesus. He found some disciples there
  • 1 Corinthians 3:4 (NET) 4 For whenever someone says, “I am with Paul,” or “I am with Apollos,” are you not merely human? 5 What is Apollos, really? Or what is Paul? Servants through whom you came to believe, and each of us in the ministry the Lord gave us. 6 I planted, Apollos watered, but God caused it to grow.

His Desire was to Visit Corinth again in the Future

  • 1 Corinthians 16:12 (NET) 12 With regard to our brother Apollos: I strongly encouraged him to visit you with the other brothers, but it was simply not his intention to come now. He will come when he has the opportunity.

make sure they have what they need. Here is another way that our people can learn to engage in good works to meet pressing needs –

  • Meaning the Cretan believers were to give aid to Zenas and Apollos for their travels.
  • Below are other verses where churches gave to missionary work.
  • Philippians 4:14 Nevertheless, you did well to share with me in my trouble. 4:15 And as you Philippians know, at the beginning of my gospel ministry, when I left Macedonia, no church shared with me in this matter of giving and receiving except you alone.4:16 For even in Thessalonica on more than one occasion you sent something for my need. 4:17 I do not say this because I am seeking a gift. Rather, I seek the credit that abounds to your account. 4:18 For I have received everything, and I have plenty. I have all I need because I received from Epaphroditus what you sent – a fragrant offering, an acceptable sacrifice, very pleasing to God. 4:19 And my God will supply your every need according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.

and so not be unfruitful –

  • Unfruitful means Christians that do not have good works.
  • ak’-ar-pos means barren (literally or figuratively).

Discussion Questions:

  • What holds us back from supporting missionaries?
  • Would you rather give to a missions organization or directly to a missionary? Why?
  • Can you name some missions organizations?
  • Do you personally know of missionaries who have visited your church like Zenas and Apollos had visited Crete? What are their names of the missionaries you personally have met?
  • Are you in contact monthly, weekly, or daily with an active missionary?

Everyone with me greets you. Greet those who love us in the faith. –

It is unknown who was with Paul when he wrote this to Titus.

Do not greet all in Crete, but greet those who love us in the faith.

A) Greet

  • as-pad’-zom-ahee means to enfold in the arms, i.e. (by implication) to salute, (figuratively) to welcome.

B) love

  • phil-é-ō – to be a friend to, i.e. have affection for.

Grace be with you all –

  • chár-is means graciousness (as gratifying), of manner or act. (Strongs).
  • Gratifying – Webster defines as giving pleasure or satisfaction
  • For example, she was a gracious host, or she speaks in a gracious manner.
  • So “grace be with you” closes the Epistles as a sufficient summary of all the blessings that can be wished Christian readers. (International Standard Bible Encyclopedia, grace, section 4).
  • The sense is Paul wished the Cretans pleasure and satisfaction physically and spiritually.
  • As the letter started, so it ends.  Titus 1:4 (NET) 4 To Titus, my genuine son in a common faith. Grace and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Savior!

Listening Prayer method – a method where you write what you think God would say to you after meditating and studying a Bible passage.


Have You Given to Apollos?

Bob,

Help My messengers!  They have a desire to go and teach My gospel, to assist other Christians, and to refute false teaching.  Help them with their travels from place to place. Support them with the costs of their missions and activities.

I have blessed you by bringing dedicated missionaries into your life.  They are not unknown persons from a large missions organizations, but you know them well.  They have visited your church.  They have shared lunch with you.  They write to you often while on their mission.  They request your prayers, and they pray for you.  You are blessed to have the opportunity to know and support my workers.

As you have helped them along, I will also help your every need.  Your gifts to them are really fragrant offerings and acceptable sacrifices to Me.  The work they accomplish by your giving are credits abounding to your account.  You and they will both be rewarded at the judgement.

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