2 Timothy 1:5 “When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in the grandmother Lois, and the mother Eunice and I am also persuaded that is in thee also.”
This is a story about Timothy’s faith and heritage. He was brought up in a Christian upbringing. Timothy’s mother Eunice and grandmother Lois communicated their faith to him. It is likely both were converted to Christ during Paul and Barabbas’ first missionary journey in Lystra. Eunice was married to a Gentile, who refused to have Timothy circumcised. Paul found Timothy on his second return to Lystra, then, Timothy was a member of the local church and highly recommended by its leaders there and at Iconium. Under the prompting of the Holy Spirit, Paul added Timothy to his apostolic party. Since they were going to be ministering among the Jews, Paul admonished Timothy to be circumcised, not for righteousness’ but to avoid offending the Jews since his mother was Jewish. Lystra. From the beginning they had a close relationship.
Paul, a bondservant of the Lord, is in prison and writes this letter (2 Timothy Epistle) to his spiritual son and friend Timothy who he had a great love for. He desired to see him and was reminded of Timothy’s generational faith. Timothy’s mother Eunice and grandmother Lois were women of faith and raised Timothy in a household of faith. It is obvious Paul had a love for Eunice and Lois as well. Paul is persuaded that Timothy has the same faith of his mother and grandmother–a sincere, authentic, and heartfelt faith.
This letter was occasioned by Paul’s concern for Timothy’s needs as well as his own. He was reminding Timothy of his responsibilities and admonished him to give himself whole heartedly to his task. This letter was also an affectionate appeal for Timothy to come and see him before his death. In verse 6-7 of the same chapter, Paul is charging Timothy to stir up the gift of God that is in him. The gift is referred to as the fire, which is not often stirred up. Paul is reminding Timothy of the dunamis, inherent power to reproduce itself. For the Lord has gifted him with a spirit of boldness, a spirit of power, a spirit of love, and a spirit of a sound mind–understanding, and judgment.
It is amazing when faith is taught in the family, the benefits it brings to a whole generation and heritage. Faith was passed down from one generation to the next generation. Timothy had unfeigned faith and efficacious grace. He was sincere of the calling and effective in ministry.
Although much is not said about these two women, they are great examples of mothers in the faith. It is an honor to learn about them. The Word of God tells parents to raise their children up in the way they should go (in the Lord), and if the child departs from the faith, he will return to the Lord. This is not a suggestion, but a command from God. God will judge parents for their disobedience. We are living in a generation of parents who have rebelled against Christian values. Could it be that they brought-up in church and had no say so, and maybe spent hours in church with their parent? Could it be that they heard faith preached in the home, but the exemplification of faith was never displayed? Whatever the reason, we have been given a command and we must believe the Word of God and follow it.
Moreover, our children will be more the blessed by obedience. They will walk into their God-given destiny. We must teach our children to believe Note: The believer sees the invisible, hears the inaudible, believes the incredible, and sees the impossible. The world says “If I see it, I’ll believe it. “ The Christian says, “If I can believe it, I can see it.” Which are you?
Psalms 119: 49-80
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