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Mother of Timothy

Dr. Stephen Phinney | Dedicated to Lelah L. Phinney



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.

(2 Timothy 1:5)

People tend to forget the power of influence a mother has on a son – particularly in our culture today. Biblical Paul had to remind Timothy of this truth.

Timothy was a native of Lystra, now part of present-day Turkey. The city was under the oppressive dominance of the Roman Empire. Apostle Paul visited this community, along with Barnabas, several times.

The conversion of Timothy's mother and grandmother came with a price for Paul. Paul was brought to the edge of death after sharing the message of Truth, which gained the attention of Eunice and her mother.

According to Acts 14:8–10, Paul healed a man who had been lame from birth. The man leaped up and began to walk and thus so impressed the crowd that the locals thought he was the god, Hermes, the Greek god of all gods. The crowd wanted to offer Paul and his colleagues sacrifices, but Paul and Barnabas tore their clothes in distress and shouted that they were merely men. They used this opportunity to tell the Lystrans of the Gospel of Jesus. Due to the Jewish leaders in the city, the Lystrans stoned Paul and left him for dead. However, moments later, Paul stood on his feet and went back into the city to continue their work of evangelizing the citizens from who Eunice and Lois were apart. History reveals that Lois and Eunice did not receive the indwelling Life of Jesus until Paul's return visit on his way back from Derbe. On this visit, both women were baptized and were filled with the Holy Spirit.

Between Paul’s first and second visit, Eunice and her mother Lois evangelized their son/grandson Timothy with Paul's message.



There is a reason you do not read much about Timothy’s father. Although, history reveals enough that we can understand this mystery.