The Beloved Brother

We’re coming to our final days in our study of the book of Colossians. The final 7 verses of the chapter are filled with Paul making mention of several people. When names are recorded, it matters. There is a reason these individuals are included in Scripture and investigating and discovering these people’s lives provides us with instruction, inspiration, and helpful examples.

The first name that Paul mentions in these closing verses is “Tychicus.” Paul refers to him as a beloved brother, as a faithful minister and a fellow servant “in the Lord.” Tychicus is also mentioned by Paul in Ephesians 6:21–22:

[box]“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. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are, and that he may encourage your hearts.”[/box]

You can find out more specifics about Tychicus if you check out a good commentary, but without even doing that research, we can see from Paul’s description that Tychicus was there with Paul. He stood by Paul, knew all that Paul was facing, and I’m confident that he was ministering to Paul in his imprisonment. That tells me he was courageous. He didn’t fear the Roman authorities, didn’t fear personal loss, he wasn’t living for comfort or for temporary and fleeting pleasures. Tychicus appears to be a man who was living with an “undivided heart” (see Monday’s post).

Tychicus and Paul had a long history together. According to Acts20:4, Tychicus was Asian and accompanied Paul on his journey to Jerusalem (AD 58) where he would be arrested. Imagine what all they had experienced together in their service for Chirst. And now, Paul was sending Tychicus away. He was releasing his faithful friend and beloved brother from attending to his needs and sending him so that he could encourage the hearts of believers in Colossae. Paul cared for these believers to such an extent that he was willing to send away his encourager that others might be encouraged.

The final section of Colossians chapter four is filled with Paul’s mention of several people and includes personal details. I encourage you to do some research to develop a brief bio for each individual. Include other Scripture references where they are mentioned.

  1. Tychicus:
  1. Onesimus:
  1. Aristarchus:
  1. Mark:
  1. Barnabus:
  1. Justus (also referred to as “Jesus”):

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