A note from our Pastor:
”But that ye also may know my affairs, and how I do, Tychicus, a beloved brother and faithful minister in the Lord, shall make known to you all things: // Whom I have sent unto you for the same purpose, that ye might know our affairs, and that he might comfort your hearts.“Ephesians 6:21-22
Good Morning Dearly Beloved,
In our study verses this week we are provided some insight into the realities of the life of the Apostle and the church at Ephesus. The imprisonment of the Apostle was very real and as a result it was necessary for him to send other ministers to pastor and care for the communities of believers which he had established.
To Ephesus he sent Tychicus. We are told more about Tychicus in 2 Timothy 4. From this other writing of the Apostle it is evident Tychicus was a faithful servant of Christ first and of Paul second. Tychicus had been to Ephesus before, possibly at some point with the Apostle and then certainly during the first imprisonment of Paul. Then during the second imprisonment he was again with the Apostle and ministering to him before Luke and the Apostle sent him back to Ephesus and wrote for Timothy and Mark to come unto them.
Tychicus certainly went to Ephesus for the purpose of preaching the gospel. He was a minister and he was going to proclaim the truth of Jesus Christ. In addition, he went to Ephesus for two other purposes. The first was to relate to this congregation what was happening to the Apostle in his captivity. Those at Ephesus cared deeply for the Apostle and having someone come and tell them of his well being, his mindset, and his continued message was important.
The second purpose of Tychicus going to Ephesus was to comfort the people. This community of believers lived under the constant threat of persecution. The imprisonment and likely death of the Apostle only intensified those fears. The Apostle has written this letter (the book of Ephesians) to them to reassure them and comfort them, but he knows they need more. Thus, he sends Tychicus to be the minister to reinforce these teachings. To help to heighten their comfort.
Through these verses we see the tremendous love the community of believers at Ephesus had for the Apostle and his dedication and love for them in return. These verses not only provide insight into the early disciples but also provide a roadmap for how the community of believers should interact today.
Our Prayers are with you daily,