Estes Echo

Tychicus — Delivering Messages

Tychicus was the type of person willing to do the seemingly lesser job so the overall purpose of Christ could be accomplished. He is mentioned five times in the New Testament. Yet, a close look at the times he is mentioned reveals his character. Tychicus was the type of person who was willing to do what needed to be done.

In Acts 20:4, the Bible says, “And Sopater of Berea accompanied him [Paul] to Asia–also Aristarchus and Secundus of the Thessalonians, and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy, and Tychicus and Trophimus of Asia.” The passage mentions men who went with Paul to Asia and waited for him at Troas, including Tychicus. These men wanted to follow Paul’s example of mission work.

Tychicus is mentioned in Ephesians 6:21, “But that you also may know my affairs and how I am doing, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, will make all things known to you.” Paul wanted the Ephesians to know how he was doing. Tychicus was willing to deliver messages for Paul so the brethren could be informed. Paul described Tychicus as, “a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord.” He is an example to Christians today. Colossians 4:7 describes Tychicus as: (1) A beloved brother. (2) A faithful minister. (3) A servant in the Lord. If the estimated dates of Ephesians, Colossians, and 2Timothy are accurate, Paul sent Tychicus to Ephesus more than once. Tychicus was willing to go where Paul needed.

Paul mentioned Tychicus in Titus 3:12, “When I send Artemas to you, or Tychicus, be diligent to come to me at Nicopolis, for I have decided to spend the winter there.” Paul asked Titus to come to him and was willing to send one of two men, including Tychicus, to take over his work. Again, Tychicus was willing to go where Paul needed him to go.

Not much is revealed about Tychicus. What is revealed is his heart to work which is an example for Christians today.

Jeremy Northrop