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 (Acts 20:4). He is alluded to also in Col. 4:7, Titus 3:12, and 2 Tim. 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.
The absence of greetings and messages we could understand; these tychicus might convey by word of mouth.
Whether tychicus belonged to the same city or not, we cannot tell.
As if he had said, Do not suppose that because I write this letter, and tychicus carries it, there is much difference between us.
Paul will only say about him half of what he said about tychicus.
tychicus, it will be remembered, had served as Paul's messenger during the first imprisonment.
He wrote this Epistle to them when he was a prisoner in Rome; and sent it by tychicus.
tychicus would see that it came to them; their business was to see that they marked, learned, and inwardly digested it.
The paragraph relating to tychicus is almost identical with that of Colossians iv.
But tychicus will tell you more about me than I can convey by letter.
It has been supposed that tychicus acted as shorthand writer and Onesimus as transcriber.