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by Wayne Blank
Trophimus the Ephesian
Trophimus is first mentioned in the Scriptures during Paul's Third Missionary Journey:
"And there accompanied him into Asia Sopater of Berea; and of the Thessalonians, Aristarchus and Secundus; and Gaius of Derbe, and Timotheus; and of Asia, Tychicus and Trophimus. These going before tarried for us at Troas. And we sailed away from Philippi after the days of Unleavened Bread, and came unto them to Troas in five days; where we abode seven days." (Acts 20:1-6 KJV)
It was upon their return to Jerusalem and their warm greeting by believing Jews that the former Pharisee Paul was met with more trouble. Along with great success as the "apostle to the Gentiles" (Romans 11:13), persecutors dogged Paul wherever he went. This time it was from those who accused Paul of bringing a Gentile, Trophimus, into the Temple - a charge that was not true:
"And when we were come to Jerusalem, the brethren received us gladly. And the day following Paul went in with us unto James [not the apostle James who was martyred as recorded in Acts 12:2; this was "James the Lord's brother" as identified in Galatians 1:19 - see also Mary's Other Children] and all the elders were present. And when he had saluted them, he declared particularly what things God had wrought among the Gentiles by his ministry."
After a long ordeal that included a disastrous voyage to Rome (see Paul's Journey To Rome) and his imprisonment there (see Paul In Rome), Paul's last mention of Trophimus is in his epistle (see Epistles) to Timothy in which Paul reports "Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick." The nature or the seriousness of the illness is not recorded.
"Notwithstanding the Lord stood with me, and strengthened me; that by me the preaching might be fully known, and that all the Gentiles might hear: and I was delivered out of the mouth of the lion. And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto his heavenly kingdom: to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Salute Priscilla and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus. Erastus abode at Corinth: but Trophimus have I left at Miletum sick." (2 Timothy 4:17-20 KJV)