by Clarence E. Macartney

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Great Characters of the Bible (10 of 12)
The Man Who Was Sick -- Trophimus
Clarence E. Macartney
2 Tim. 4:20

Trophimus has the distinction of having been not only
a disciple and traveling companion of Paul, but also
one of the last names on the lips of the apostle. Only
four others are mentioned after Trophimus: Eubulus,
Pudens, Linus, and Claudia -- Christian believers at

But what interests us particularly in Trophimus is
that he was left at Miletum sick. Of Paul's former
traveling companions only Luke was now with him at
Rome. Demas had forsaken him, "having loved this
present world"; Crescens had gone to Galatia; Titus to
Dalmatia; Tychicus, his amanuensis, he had sent on
some errand to Ephesus; and Erastus had remained
behind at Corinth. "But Trophimus have I left at
Miletum sick."

Incidentally, this is one of the records which throws
some light upon the last years and the last days of
Paul. The book of Acts comes to a close with Paul a
prisoner at Rome. If that were all, we might conclude
that he was at that time brought to trial, found
guilty of treason against Caesar, and put to death.

There are, however, a number of passages in Paul's
first letter to Timothy, and other of his prison
epistles, such as the letter to Philemon, that make it
fairly certain that Paul was set free after his first
trial and that he left Rome. Perhaps he fulfilled his
desire and plan to visit Spain, mentioned in his
letter to the Romans, "Whensoever I take my journey
into Spain." Probably he then returned to Greece and
Asia Minor, was arrested again, sent to Rome, tried,
found guilty, and beheaded. That something like this
was his history is suggested by this brief reference
to Trophimus.

Trophimus was one of the converts of Paul at Ephesus.
When Paul was driven out of Ephesus by the riot
stirred up against him by the silversmiths, Trophimus
had gone with him into Macedonia and Greece and
after ...

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