A disciple employed by the apostle Paul to carry his letters to several churches. He was of the province of Asia, and accompanied Paul in his journey from Corinth to Jerusalem, Ac 20:4. He carried the epistle to the Colossians, that to the Ephesians, and the first to Timothy. The apostle calls him the Lord, and his companion in the service of God, Eph 6:21-22; Col 4:7-8; 2Ti 4:12, and had intentions of sending him into Crete, in the absence of Titus, Tit 3:12.
chance, an Asiatic Christian, a "faithful minister in the Lord" (Eph 6:21-22), who, with Trophimus, accompanied Paul on a part of his journey from Macedonia to Jerusalem (Ac 20:4). He is alluded to also in Col 4:7; Tit 3:12; 2Ti 4:12 as having been with Paul at Rome, whence he sent him to Ephesus, probably for the purpose of building up and encouraging the church there.
Ac 20:4. Paul's companion and fellow labourer in the gospel (Ac 20:4); accompanied him in part on his return journey from the third missionary circuit; "of Asia." Trophimus went forward with Paul to Jerusalem (Ac 21:29), but Tychicus stayed behind in Asia, perhaps at Miletus (Ac 20:15,38). With Paul again in his first Roman imprisonment: Col 4:7-8, "a (Greek the, the article marks that Tychicus was well known to them) beloved (in relation to the Christian community) brother and a faithful minister (in missionary services) and fellow servant in the Lord (in serving the same Master)."
Paul marks his high sense of the faithful and sympathetic character of Tychicus by his commission: "whom I have sent ... that he might know your estate (rather as the Sinaiticus, Vaticanus, and Alexandrinus manuscripts 'that YE may know OUR state,' compare Col 4:7; Eph 6:22) and comfort your hearts," distressed by my imprisonment as well as by your own trials. Tychicus, being an Asiatic himself, fitly carried both the epistles to the Asiatic Ephesians and Colossians, and Philemon; but was not a Colossian as Onesimus, for of the latter alone Paul says "who is one of you" (Col 4:9). If the epistle to the Ephesians be a circular letter Tychicus (the only person alluded to throughout the epistle) would be a fit person to see it read.
In Tit 3:12 Paul proposes to send Artonus or Tychicus (from Corinth or else Ephesus, where Tychicus was with Paul) to take Titus' place (which his past services to Paul in the neighbouring Asia qualified him for) at Crete, and so to set Titus free to join Paul at Nicopolis. In 2Ti 4:12, in his second Roman imprisonment, Paul says "Tychicus I have sent to Ephesus," implying "I need one profitable for the ministry; I had one in Tychicus, but he is gone" (Ellicott). Others make Paul send Tychicus ("I am herewith sending Tychicus to Ephesus") to take Timothy's place there as president of the church. Tradition made Tychicus subsequently bishop of Chalcedon. Some make Tychicus the first "brother" in 2Co 8:16-24, and Trophimus the other. Luke seems more probably the former, as "his praise in the Gospel" as Paul's companion was "throughout all the churches." If Tychicus be meant, remarkable integrity will be among his prominent graces.
A native of the province Asia, like Trophimus, and a companion of St. Paul on the journey to Jerusalem (Ac 20:4). He was the bearer of the circular letter to Asia which we call 'Ephesians' (Eph 6:21 f.), and of Colossians (Col 4:7 f.). In later years either he or Artemas was to have been sent to Crete, apparently to take Titus' place (Tit 3:12); but he was sent to Ephesus, probably instead of to Crete (2Ti 4:12).
A. J. Maclean.
A Christian of Asia who accompanied Paul on his last visit to Jerusalem. He was sent by the apostle from Rome to the Ephesians and to the Colossians; and after Paul's release, Tychicus was again sent to Ephesus. Paul describes him as a beloved brother, a faithful minister and fellow-servant in the Lord. He was thus such a one as Paul could with confidence send on these missions to 'encourage' the saints. Ac 20:4; Eph 6:21; Col 4:7; 2Ti 4:12; Tit 3:12.
(fateful) and Troph'imus (nutritious), companions of St. Paul on some of his journeys, are mentioned as natives of Asia.
(A.D. 54-64.) There is much probability in the conjecture that Tychicus and Trophimus were the two brethren who were associated with Titus.
in conducting the business of the collection for the poor Christians in Judea.
TYCHICUS, a disciple of St. Paul, whom the Apostle often employed to carry his letters to the several churches. He was of the province of Asia, and accompanied St. Paul, when, in A.D. 58, he made his journey from Corinth to Jerusalem, Ac 20:4. It was he that carried the epistle to the Colossians, that to the Ephesians, and the first to Timothy. St. Paul did not send him merely to carry his letters, but also to learn the state of the churches, and to bring him an account of them. Wherefore he calls him his dear brother, a faithful minister of the Lord, and his companion in the service of God, Eph 6:21-22; Col 4:7-8. He had thoughts also of sending him into Crete, to preside over that church in the absence of Tit 3:12.