21 “So that you also may know how I am and what I am doing, Tychicus the beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord will tell you everything. 22 I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage your hearts.” (Ephesians 6:21–22 (ESV)
We have come to the penultimate article in our study of the Apostle Paul’s Epistle to the Ephesians. I trust you have enjoyed this exegetical examination of this wonderful portion of God’s Word.
As with many of Paul’s letters, he often concludes with the mention of his fellow workers of the gospel. Today’s text is no exception. The fellow worker Paul refers to is Tychicus.
Paul describes Tychicus as a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord. What a testimony of this believer’s relationship to his fellow Christians and to the Lord Jesus Christ. Who among us would not want to be known as beloved and faithful?
Tychicus was one of the believers who accompanied Paul in his trip to collect and deliver the offering for the Jerusalem church (Acts 20:4). Since he is often mentioned with Trophimus of Ephesus, Tychicus was likely also a native of that city.
As today’s text indicates, he served as the courier for Paul’s letter to Ephesus (Eph. 6:21). Tychicus also brought Paul’s letters to Philemon and the Colossians (Col. 4:7). Paul certainly trusted Tychicus, otherwise he would not have given him such an important responsibility.
Most believe that Tychicus was also one of the two Christians (with Trophimus) who accompanied Titus in the delivery of 2 Corinthians (2 Cor. 8:16–24). Paul mentioned Tychicus twice in his later letters. He first mentioned sending him to Crete to be with Titus (Titus 3:12). Paul later mentioned to Timothy that he had sent Tychicus to Ephesus (2 Tim. 4:12). Evidently, Tychicus and Paul were close friends as well as coworkers, since Paul frequently referred to Tychicus as a “beloved brother.
How may you cultivate a reputation of being beloved and faithful? Take time today to ask the Lord to reveal to you what steps you may take to perpetuate such godly character. Have a blessed day in the Lord.
Soli deo Gloria!