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Faithful Sayings of Paul

There are four passages, all in the pastoral epistles, in which the apostle Paul says something is a “faithful saying.” A saying is a statement or expression which people think is significant enough to bear repetition and emphasis. A faithful saying is one upon which we can fully trust; it has proven itself to be true and dependable. Therefore, it is a saying that should be affirmed constantly and is worthy of all acceptation. Sadly, the faithful sayings that Christ spoke through Paul are neglected by most preachers and they are not accepted by the majority of people. But that does not change the truth that they express (Rom. 3:3-4). 
Paul mentions three faithful sayings in his epistles to Timothy, and they correspond with the three major doctrines that Christ revealed through him and that are to be emphasized in this present age (see my post on the order of the church epistles): salvation in Christ (Romans), the Body of Christ (Ephesians), and the coming of Christ (Thessalonians).  
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Believer or Beguiled

2 Corinthians 11:3  [3] But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ.
Genesis 3:1-6  [1] Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?  [2] And the woman said unto the serpent, We may eat of the fruit of the trees of the garden:  [3] But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall ye touch it, lest ye die.  [4] And the serpent said unto the woman, Ye shall not surely die:  [5] For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.  [6] And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did …