Women Of Faith In Christ

“People of faith” is now a common phrase. However, Christ Himself and the written Word of God points out there is only one faith that leads to Everlasting Life. The Holy Bible also shows special qualities of faith that true disciples of Christ have. In this message we will look at two women whose faith in Christ positively affected not only them, but an untold number of people.
Women Of Faith In Christ
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When you think of the apostle Paul you might also think of a young man, Timothy, bishop of the church of Ephesus. By the Holy Spirit, the book of The Acts Of The Apostles tells us in verse one of its sixteenth chapter how Paul met Timothy, “Then he came to Derbe and Lystra. And behold, a certain disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a certain Jewish woman who believed, but his father was Greek.”

Though Paul had Timothy join him in his ministry for a time, they were soon led by God to serve Him in slightly different

areas of the world. According to the Word of God, Timothy’s portion was to minister at Ephesus as overseer of the church there. By the Holy Spirit Paul wrote two letters to him, and it is in the second one we see that when Timothy was very young he had come under the powerful godly influence of two women. Without a doubt that influence had been used by God to draw Timothy to Him, to make him a disciple of Christ.

It is in his second epistle to Timothy that we see the Holy Spirit had Paul mention the influential women in Timothy’s life (2 Timothy 1:3-5, NASB): “I thank God, whom I serve with a clear conscience the way my forefathers did, as I constantly remember you in my prayers night and day, 4 longing to see you, even as I recall your tears, so that I may be filled with joy. 5 For I am mindful of the sincere faith within you, which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well.”

In this direct reference to Lois and Eunice we will see three of the outstanding characteristics of the faith they had in Christ. We will look at two more in the second chapter of 2 Timothy for a total of five wonderful facets of how anyone’s faith in Christ should be.

I. Genuine Faith 1:5a-b

“. . . the sincere faith within you . . .”

In most translations and versions the first quality of these women’s faith in Christ is that it was genuine, described above as “sincere” and “unfeigned” in the King James Version. A point I often make to many is that there are Christians (real ones) and then there are “Christians” (fake ones). One that is a true disciple of Christ eventually lives the faith not just publicly, but privately. 

People of faith in Christ display faithfulness in Christ no matter where they are. They do not stop being and acting as a Christian if they go on vacation, visit relatives, or go to work. They endeavor to be true to Christ when things are going well and when they are under pressure.

II. Dwelling Faith 1:5c

“. . . which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice . . .”

“Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can you, except you abide in me,” said Jesus in John 15:4.

Many people miss this point that upon our true surrender to Christ He actually takes up residence within us and we in Him. Yet satan {1}, the world system, our own sinful nature, some friends and family do not want Him resident at all in our lives. It is sad that some, when under any pressure like that, begin to, and eventually do, displace Christ in their life and revert back to their old life.

The enemies of our soul do not want Christ to dwell within. Look at this passage from Luke 12:51-53 (NASB), “Do you suppose that I came to grant peace on earth? I tell you, no, but rather division; for from now on five members in one household will be divided, three against two and two against three. They will be divided, father against son and son against father, mother against daughter and daughter against mother, mother-in-law against daughter-in-law and daughter-in-law against mother-in-law.”

Satan and the world refuses to be at peace with Christ and it is for certain that anyone who surrenders to Christ will, at some point, be opposed. Timothy’s mother, Eunice, might have gotten some “static” from her husband. The Word of God implies he did not surrender to Christ (Acts 16:1 NASB): “Paul came also to Derbe and to Lystra. A disciple was there, named Timothy, the son of a Jewish woman who was a believer, but his father was a Greek.”

The Word of God also shows that Eunice was of Jewish background, and we may safely conclude that her mother, Lois, had also been Jewish. Many Jews did not take kindly to the fact that some of their number trusted in Jesus of Nazareth as their Messiah. Nevertheless, Lois and Eunice stood firm in Christ, and thus the true faith dwelt within them. May we who name the holy Name of Christ follow their example.

III. Dynamic Faith 1:5c-e

“. . .  which first dwelt in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am sure that it is in you as well.”

Those that are truly in Christ eventually learn to proclaim it in word and deed. Whether Eunice believed first, then Lois, or vice versa, they shared their faith in Christ with their descendant, Timothy, who at some point made his own commitment to Christ. He assists Paul for a time and later becomes a bishop of a church. I


am sure his mother and grandmother were pleased.

If you know Christ as Savior and Lord then somehow and in someway tell others as you are led by the Holy Spirit. You never know who might turn to Christ and perhaps be used by God in a very special way. Also, we often do not know who might be about to commit a terrible crime, commit suicide, or is about to die and go to hell because they do not have Christ as Lord.

For the final two aspects we shall go over to 2 Timothy 3:14-15.

IV. Discipling Faith 3:14

“You, however, continue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you have learned them,”

Being dynamic in faith where one shares the Gospel also includes following through with Christ’s command to make disciples (Matthew 28:19-20, NASB, NKJ, et al). All new converts to Christ should be immersed by the Spirit into the written word. With Lois and Eunice having been devout Jews Timothy grew up in an environment rich with the Word of God.

This reminds me of my wife’s upbringing, the church she attended as a young child, and part of the community she was raised in. She lived in Garrett County Maryland and had been born into a family of Amish Mennonites. I was pleasantly impressed when visiting her upon seeing plaques of Scriptures on the wall, Holy Bibles out in the open, and if you drove around you could see a few outdoor signs that encouraged people to come to Christ.

The written Word of God made alive by the Holy Spirit must indwell a person. Those who have encouraged him to come to Christ must be an example. This, coupled with the constant exposure and teaching of the Holy Bible will help one into Eternal Life as they yield to it.

V. Powerful Faith 3:15

“and that from childhood you have known the sacred writings which are able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.”

Of course none of the New Testament was written when Timothy was growing up so he was nurtured on the Old Testament (OT) Scriptures. Among its many treasures the OT spoke of the coming Christ and of man’s need of a Messiah. In regard to wisdom, twice it records (Psalm 111:10, Proverbs 9:10), “The fear of YHVH is the beginning of wisdom.” And learning from the OT that God was holy and did tolerate not sin he learned the fear of YHVH to where he accepted God’s offer of mercy in Christ Jesus.

The zenith of verse 15 is “salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.” We are to have faith in Him, not in our own selves, not in our works, and not in any religion. Salvation includes being saved from the wrath of the Father against sin, saved from continued sin, saved from hell, and saved from self. As noted at the start of this article, salvation in Christ means dwelling in Him and He in us. His life through us produces His godly character with treasures we can bring into eternity.

And that salvation means we are to be like these women of faith in Christ, Lois and Eunice, having a sincere faith. We live in Him and He lives in us. We permit ourselves to be directed by the Holy Spirit. We bring others to Christ and teach them, all the while growing in Him unto His honor and glory.

Notes:

{1} Not capitalized on purpose. Experts Column gives me the freedom to express myself in that way.

This article was written in the form of a sermon (message) outline with comments. God willing by June 15, 2016 (hopefully much sooner), you should be able to hear the actual message (sermon) by selecting a link at http://www.sapphirestreams.com/life/audioM.html#M404 .

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Article Written By BrotherPete

I am a minister of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, having served over forty years as a pastor. I graduated from Northeast Bible College of Green Lane Pennsylvania and have a Bachelors Degree in Bible. I am enthused about the Word of God and how it can make a positive change in the life of anyone once it is teamed up with faith and the Holy Spirit. I am happily married. Visit www.sapphirestreams.com.

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  • nbillett  28-12-2016
    There is power of the Word of God that sustains. There is the power of worship and pilgrimage in search of the truth. There is the power of dreams that protect others.
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