Tychicus will tell you all about my activities. He is a beloved brother and faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. I have sent him to you for this very purpose, that you may know how we are and that he may encourage your hearts, and with him Onesimus, our faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will tell you of everything that has taken place here.
Aristarchus my fellow prisoner greets you, and Mark the cousin of Barnabas (concerning whom you have received instructions—if he comes to you, welcome him), and Jesus who is called Justus. These are the only men of the circumcision among my fellow workers for the kingdom of God, and they have been a comfort to me.
Comment: As we come to the end of this Pauline epistle we have a number of people named. People about whom those to whom the letter was sent needed to know something. Although not all the names are Jewish because of the last sentence above I assume that they are all of Jewish origin. Tychicus was obviously able to fill in many more details about what was going on with Paul, who was in prison. Mark was the author of the gospel with his name attached and he is mentioned as the cousin of Barnabas who was a stalwart of outreach with the gospel into Asia. The others are not named as prisoners but Aristarchus is and one wonders if he has been converted to follow Jesus as a result of Paul’s ministry. Jesus is a very special name for our Saviour, but was in fact a pretty common name – translated into English as Joshua. I wonder if this man’s name was changed to Justus to stop any mix up with the Jesus, the Son of God. At any rate to be called ‘just’ seems a high honour.
Prayer: Help me to be honest and upright in all my dealings, O Lord.