In vv. 12-14 Paul gives some instructions relating to some of the men who were on the road at the time of his writing, and then comes to the key verse that sums everything up in one sentence:
Our people must learn to devote themselves to doing what is good, in order to provide for urgent needs and not live unproductive lives. (3:14)
If you remember the very beginning of our study, we saw that Paul had very quickly established a series of local congregations in Crete. People there were very receptive to the message of Christ, but then opposition arose. Paul left Titus in charge there and this letter gives instructions on how to get things organized and operating. Now, at the end of the letter, Paul sums his purpose for writing to Titus up very succinctly.
Clearly they had some urgent needs. First, dealing with persecution, second, getting properly set up to ensure the wholeness of the pure Gospel message, and finally, to have the entire community of believers pulling together and not being discouraged and divided by unnecessary controversies.
Everyone with me sends you greetings. Greet those who love us in the faith.
Grace be with you all. (3:15)
This final verse is the conclusion of the letter, and as such, is quite typical. Yet there is something here that is worth noting, it’s the last sentence:
Grace be with you all.
Many people, myself included, take this as a wish that grace will be with us; maybe that’s how it strikes you as well. Notice however, Paul didn’t say “will be” which would be future tense, he said “be” which is present tense. Today, we would probably say “Grace is with you all.”
Yes indeed, His grace is with us now- my prayer is that we would grab hold it and never let go!