Genuine Faith

When I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois, and your mother Eunice; and I am persuaded in you also. 2 Timothy 1:5

Paul notes that it’s a genuine or sincere faith that is in Timothy. This means that there is also a faith which is not genuine or sincere. Paul makes the distinction.

One Response to “Genuine Faith”

  1. ian vincent Says:

    And this marks the tenor of this letter to Timothy. Paul instructs Timothy on the difference between genuine faith and fake or pretend faith.


    For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they draw to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto myths.
    (2Ti 4:3-4)

    An example of faith that is not genuine. They certainly have “a faith”, but it is fake.


    Alexander the coppersmith did me much evil: the Lord reward him according to his works: Of whom you beware also; for he has greatly withstood our words.
    (2Ti 4:14-15)

    And today? How many teachers and preachers greatly oppose Paul’s words?

    We’ve been mentioning 1 Cor. 14 : how many leaders today actually DO THIS? Virtually none. Paul would say of them, “they greatly withstood our words“.

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