Thursday August 5

Tychicus, a beloved brother, faithful minister, and fellow servant in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me. I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that he may know your circumstances and comfort your hearts, with Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will make known to you all things which are happening here. Colossians 4:7-9 NKJV

Tychicus, Helper of Paul

Tychicus was a valued helper of the apostle Paul, especially in the later years of Paul’s ministry. We first meet him at Troas in Acts 20:4 where he is one of the team that would accompany Paul from Macedonia to the province of Asia, Tychicus’s home, on Paul’s way to Jerusalem. Tychicus is mentioned again in our verses above and in similar appreciative terms in Ephesians 6:21-22. He was a trusted messenger who knew Paul well, worked with him, and could also encourage the saints. Though others in Asia eventually turned away from Paul, Titus 3:12 and 2 Timothy 4:12 show that Tychicus stayed a faithful messenger to the end.

Though at times the apostle Paul was alone, he evidently enjoyed working with a team of likeminded men. The Lord had entrusted a double ministry to him: the gospel and the truth of the Assembly, which he calls a mystery. A mystery in God’s Word is a truth long hidden which man would not have been able to discover by himself, but which God has been pleased to reveal. The gospel and the truth of the Assembly are God’s special revelation for this dispensation of grace in which we are living.

Paul had never been at Colosse but was praying for the saints there and desired their prayers. While he wrote to meet needs of saints of that time, by divine inspiration he wrote for our benefit 2000 years later as well. But besides needful teaching and exhortation there was also personal news to share with those to whom Tychicus came. We see in this how human our brethren of long ago were and how loving the ties are that unite saints.

Eugene P. Vedder, Jr.