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The temple had been rebuilt, but times of prosperity has not come. The people were suffering drought, famine, and blighted crops, and they met these conditions with indifference and spiritual lethargy. They has forgotten God and treated him with dishonor. They had married foreign women. Against such a background Malachi (meaning "my messenger") was written.
When Paul left Antioch to discuss "his" gospel with the Jerusalem leaders, he took Titus with him (Gal 2:1-3). Presumably Titus, who is not referred to in Acts, worked at Ephesus during the third missionary journey. From there the apostle sent him to Corinth, to help that church with its work least eight years after Paul's three-year stay in Ephesus. Following Paul's release from his first Roman imprisonment, he and Titus worked briefly in Crete, after which he commissioned Titus to remain there as his representative and to complete some needed work.
Philemon was a believer in Colosse who, along with other Christians, was a slave owner. One of the slaves, Onesimus, had apparently stolen from him then run away, which under Roman law was punishable by death. But Onesimus met Paul and through his ministry became a Christian. Now he was willing to return to his master.