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“Tychicus, a beloved brother, faithful minister, and fellow servant in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me.”

 

This verse begins the conclusion to the letter to the Colossians. It is a very long conclusion for such a short letter.

The close of Paul’s epistles demonstrates how much involvement he had with people. He was a people person concerned with mature interpersonal relations. Verses 4:7-18 give final greetings to his friends.

Paul lists ten people in the conclusion to Colossians. Eight of which are associates of Paul, and the other two are individuals in Colosse.

“Tychicus” (cf. Eph. 6:21,22)

Tychicus traveled widely with the apostle Paul. He joined Paul from Ephesus to Jerusalem at the end of the third missionary journey (Acts 20:4). He joined Paul’s team on the final visit to Jerusalem (Acts 20:4-5; cf. 1 Cor. 16:1-4; cf. 2 Cor 8:19ff).In his first Roman imprisonment,  Tychicus was with Paul and carried the epistle of Colossians from Rome to the believers in Colosse. He was from the Roman province of Asia (Acts 20:4).

At the close of Paul’s life, Paul sent Tychicus with Trophimus on a missionary journey to Ephesus to take Timothy’s place (Tit. 3:12; 2 Tim. 4:12). Tychicus was dispatched to Ephesus during the second Roman imprisonment (2 Tim. 4:12). This would free Timothy to rejoin Paul who wanted to see him before he met his fate as a martyr (2 Tim. 4:9,21). He may have been sent to relieve Titus in the oversight of the churches on the isle of Crete as well (Titus 3:12).

Tychicus was one of those no-name servants of God in the New Testament who made a big impact for the cause of Christ. He was Paul’s servant to the churches of the Lycus Valley. He bore Colossians and Ephesians’ epistles to their destination (Co 4:7-9; Eph. 6:21-22).

He may have also carried 2 Timothy (4:12). Titus 3:12 says Paul planned to send Tychicus or Artemas to Crete to free Titus to join Paul at Nicopolis. These commissions reflect the trustworthiness which Paul places in him (Eph. 6:21; Col. 47).

Tychicus was a fellowservant with Paul (cf. Eph. 6:21). Paul sent him to Colosse with the express purpose of informing them about his state of affairs to encourage them.

Paul repeatedly sent Tychicus somewhere. He sent Tychicus because he had confidence in him. It is a great asset to have confidence in those with whom we work. He was not suspicious of him. He knew he was loyal. 

PRINCIPLE: 

God expects us to develop a cadre of companions toward maturity in Christ.

APPLICATION: 

Tychicus was a simple mailman yet the mighty apostle Paul depended upon him. He carried the mail of the first reading of the book of Colossians. Small unseen parts of the motor of our car are crucial to the operation of our car. We may never know the name or function, but we depend on them to run the car. Without the service of Tychicus the Colossians would have not read the Word of God.

 
Are you the kind of person people can place their confidence in ministry?
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