The faith of your mother and grandmother (2 Tim. 1:5)

“I am reminded

Of your sincere faith,

A faith that lived first

In your grandmother


And your mother


And now,

I am sure,

Lives in you.”

ὑπόμνησιν λαβὼν τῆς ἐν σοὶ ἀνυποκρίτου πίστεως, ἥτις ἐνῴκησεν πρῶτον ἐν τῇ μάμμῃ σου Λωΐδι καὶ τῇ μητρί σου Εὐνίκῃ, πέπεισμαι δὲ ὅτι καὶ ἐν σοί.

Paul said, “I am reminded (ὑπόμνησιν λαβὼν) of your sincere (τῆς ἐν σοὶ ἀνυποκρίτου) faith (πίστεως), a faith that lived first (ἥτις ἐνῴκησεν πρῶτον) in your grandmother (ἐν τῇ μάμμῃ σου) Lois (Λωΐδι) and your mother (καὶ τῇ μητρί σου) Eunice (Εὐνίκῃ), and now, I am sure (πέπεισμαι), lives in you (δὲ ὅτι καὶ ἐν σοί).”  Only this letter to Timothy used this unique word ὑπόμνησιν, that means a reminding, reminder, remembrance, or recollection, and the word (μάμμῃ) that means a grandmother.  Only the Pauline letters used this word ἀνυποκρίτου, that means unhypocritical, unfeigned, without hypocrisy, or sincere, and the word ἐνῴκησεν, that means to dwell in, or settled in.  Paul knew that Timothy had a sincere faith in Jesus Christ.  In fact, he mentioned his mother and grandmother by name.  This is the only place they are explicitly mentioned by name in the canonical New Testament writings.  Paul first ran into Timothy in Acts, chapter 16:1-3.  Timothy was already a Christian disciple when Paul arrived in Derbe and Lystra.  This area was about fifty miles from Tarsus, so that Paul might have visited there before.  His mother, Eunice, was a Jewish lady, who was also a follower of Jesus Christ.  Timothy’s father was a Greek so that Timothy was not circumcised, but Paul circumcised him because he was afraid of the Jewish people in that area.  There was no mention of Timothy’s grandmother or the name of his mother in Acts, only here.  However, Paul seems to know their names, Eunice and Lois.  After this encounter, Timothy became a constant companion to Paul.  Thus, Paul knew the family of Timothy fairly well.  Do you know the families of people that you work with?

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