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Titus 3:12 – Tychicus

31-08-2023 - Posted by Hans

Whenever I shall be sending Artemas to you or Tychicus, endeavor to come to me in Nicopolis, for there have I decided to winter.

Nikopolis is a city in the north-west of the Greek coast that is now called Preveza. Paulus had decided to spend the winter there and he hoped to meet Titus there as well. To replace Titus on the island of Crete, he would send Artemas or Tychicus to him. We do not know who Artemas was. His name is only mentioned here.

The other name Paul mentions, Tychicus, on the other hand, is a well-known name. It is possible that he is mentioned as a second candidate because Paul prefers to keep him with him. His name is first mentioned in Acts 20 verse 4. Together with Trophimus he was from Asia and they accompanied Paul on his journey to Jerusalem. Tychicus accompanied Paul until his departure (2 Tim.4:12). Paul appreciatively called him “my beloved brother and servant in the Lord” (Eph.6:21 and Col.4:7).

While imprisoned in Rome, Paul sent Tychicus to Ephesus and Colossae (Eph.6:21; Col.4:7) to deliver Paul’s letters to them. The name Tychicus means ‘luck’ or ‘fortune’ and doesn’t that name fit perfectly with the wealth he carried with him?!