Shipwrecked Faith

1 Timothy 1:18-20 AMPC … This charge and admonition I commit in trust to you, Timothy, my son, in accordance with prophetic intimations which I formerly received concerning you, so that inspired and aided by them you may wage the good warfare{fight the good fight}, 19 Holding fast to faith (that leaning of the entire human personality on God in absolute trust and confidence) and having a good (clear) conscience. By rejecting and thrusting from them [their conscience], some individuals have made shipwreck of their faith. 20 Among them are Hymenaeus and Alexander, whom I have delivered to Satan in order that they may be disciplined [by punishment and learn] not to blaspheme.

What shipwrecks faith?

Faith is shipwrecked by not holding fast to the faith in the “doctrine of Christ” and/or not following the Holy Spirit’s conviction. Faith is also shipwrecked by following those spreading false teaching/ doctrine.

From NetBible 1Tim 1:19

fight the good fight = don’t become shipwrecked by:

  • hold fast to faith[4102]= same word for faith as contend for the faith –Jude 1:3
    =>* The term “faith” has a variety of meanings in the NT. Here, the faith refers to the doctrinal content embraced by believers rather than the act of believing.
    => v2 addresses this letter to Timothy ” my true child in the faith[4102]
    => v3 urges Timothy to stay in Ephesus to instruct certain people not to spread false teachings/ doctrine
  • keep a clear conscience[4893]=follow the conviction of the Holy Spirit

1 Timothy 4:1-2 AMPC …But the [Holy] Spirit distinctly and expressly declares that in latter times some will turn away from the faith[4102], giving attention to deluding and seducing spirits and doctrines that demons teach, 2 Through the hypocrisy and pretensions of liars whose consciences are seared (cauterized) …

1 Timothy 6:20-21 NASB … O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you, avoiding worldly and empty chatter and the opposing arguments of what is falsely called “knowledge”— 21 which some have professed and thus gone astray from the faith[4102].
Grace be with you.

2 Timothy 3:13 AMPC … But wicked men and imposters will go on from bad to worse, deceiving and leading astray others and being deceived and led astray themselves.


Hymenaeus and Alexander are examples of people who are spreading false teaching/ doctrine. They have gone astray from the faith and are leading others astray: shipwrecked.

2 Timothy 2:17-18 AMPC … And their teaching [will devour; it] will eat its way like cancer or spread like gangrene. So it is with Hymenaeus and Philetus, 18 Who have missed the mark and swerved from the truth by arguing that the resurrection has already taken place. They are undermining the faith[4102] of some.

2 Timothy 4:14-15 AMPC … Alexander the coppersmith did me great wrongs. The Lord will pay him back for his actions. 15 Beware of him yourself, for he opposed and resisted our message[teaching, words] very strongly and exceedingly.

Jude 1:12-13 AMPC … These are hidden reefs (elements of danger) in your love feasts, where they boldly feast sumptuously [carousing together in your midst], without scruples providing for themselves [alone]. They are clouds without water, swept along by the winds; trees, without fruit at the late autumn gathering time—twice (doubly) dead, [lifeless and] plucked up by the roots; 13 Wild waves of the sea, flinging up the foam of their own shame and disgrace; wandering stars, for whom the gloom of eternal darkness has been reserved forever.


Those spreading false teaching/ doctrine inside the church may not be easy to recognize at first – they appear to be pillars of the community but really are hidden reefs waiting to “shipwreck” the faith of the immature => those who do not recognize sound teaching/doctrine. –2 Pe 2:1,14; 2 Pe 3:16;2Co 11:13-15;Mt 22:29

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