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Paul's mighty men...Tychicus

In the last section of Colossians we find a very interesting salutation. Depending on how you read the passage we find Paul mentioning nine or ten different men who served with Paul in different ways.  Almost every commentator has a unique approach to this salutation and I am no different. I like to think of this final word as a list of, "Paul's mighty
men."
   David had his mighty men who served with him in battle. These were amazing warriors and those with whom, most would be very proud to serve with. Here the apostle Paul also lists men who are amazing spiritual warriors. At the time of this letter, all of them were serving the Lord fully yet it seems in different ways. I have not found a lots of the theology in verses 7-18 but I have found much application for us to apply.
   The first man mentioned is Tychicus. If Tychicus had a particular gift it seems that it was serving God by serving others. The first time we see this man is in acts chapter 20. Paul had been preaching the gospel and the God has been blessing it to the point that it had disrupted the economy of Ephesus.


Act 20:4  And Sopater of Berea accompanied him to Asia--also Aristarchus and Secundus of the Thessalonians, and Gaius of Derbe, and Timothy, and Tychicus and Trophimus of Asia.


   The apostle Paul fled the city and Tychicus, according to verse five, went ahead of him and waited at Troas. Tychicus became a close friend and fellow laborer of the apostle Paul. Tychicus is responsible for carrying several letters and being and encourager to different churches on Paul's behalf.


Eph 6:20-22  for which I am an ambassador in chains; that in it I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak.  (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;  (22)  whom I have sent to you for this very purpose, that you may know our affairs, and that he may comfort your hearts.

Col 4:7-8  Tychicus, a beloved brother, faithful minister, and fellow servant in the Lord, will tell you all the news about me.  (8)  I am sending him to you for this very purpose, that he may know your circumstances and comfort your hearts,

2Ti 4:12  And Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus.

Tit 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.


   Wherever we see Tychicus in the New Testament he is running errands for the apostle Paul. We can learn much from Tychicus and his attitude.  Tychicus did not have to have the front row seat. He was an ambassador of the apostle Paul for Jesus sake.
   It appears that Tychicus was a man who had laid aside his own reputation and personal needs to be the ambassador of Paul to local churches. This is what we see him doing throughout the New Testament.  He reported the work of God in Paul's life to churches and gave credibility to Paul's apostleship.
   Not only did he report on the apostle he reported for the apostle.  To the church at Colosse, Tychicus came to comfort their hearts.  In Ephesians chapter 6 we find him doing exactly the same thing.  He went to Ephesus in order, "that you (the Ephesians) may know our affairs, and that he may comfort your hearts."
   Tychicus displayed his selflessness and humility in that he did not promote himself nor did he go to churches in order to be comforted.  I believe that he had seen the work of God and experienced the grace of God and his service was empowered because of his gratitude toward God.  His feelings were not on his sleeves and he did not have to be coerced into serving.
   Though some may see him only as a letter carrier for Paul, I am convinced that his ministry was indispensable and of immeasurable value to the apostle.  Tychicus was apparently very trustworthy and responsible.  Otherwise Paul would not have entrusted so much to him.
   We should strive to gain the attitude of Tychicus.  He served others without complaint.  He made much of others and sought to comfort others as a ministry.


 

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