The Berean Expositor
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No.45.  Demas, Titus, Luke, Mark.  Those who leave,
those who abide and those who arrive (4: 9 - 22).
The Closing hours of a devoted life.
pp. 26 - 29
The reader will remember that the very fact that Paul said nothing about Demas in
Col. 4:, was an indication that he could not say anything good.
We are told why Demas forsook Paul, he "loved this present world". Why he went to
Thessalonica we can only conjecture. The apostle tells us that he had sent Tychicus to
Ephesus (II Tim. 4: 12) and that he had left Trophimus at Miletus sick. These are
therefore accounted for. We have a sinking at heart however when we read straight on
from the betrayal of Demas, without comment or qualification. "Crescens to Galatia,
Titus unto Dalmatia" (II Tim. 4: 10). The verb that one naturally supplies is the word
used of Demas who "departed" to Thessalonica.
Demas "departed" to Thessalonica,
Crescens "departed" to Galatia,
Titus "departed" to Dalmatia.
We know nothing of Crescens, but Titus we do know. He had, the years before, been
summoned from Crete to join the apostle at Nicopolis (Titus 3: 12). Dalmatia lies North
of Nicopolis, and it may have been that Paul's determination to winter at Nicopolis was
cut short by the Roman authorities, and that Titus had continued on from Nicopolis to
Dalmatia, to complete the work in Illyricum which the apostle then knew that he himself
would never finish. Possibly Paul linked Demas and Titus together, not because they had
both forsaken him, but that for whatever reason, good or bad, he was deprived of their
fellowship and presence.
Demas had gone, so had Crescens, so had Titus. One after another had been called
upon to leave him. Sickness had claimed Trophimus, and for some unexplained reason
Erasmus abode at Corinth, where he had been Chamberlain (Rom. 16: 23).
"Only Luke is with me."
Paul was not only in deadly peril, but so also would all be who sought him out and
associated with him.
"Christianity had been pronounced a crime against the State, and an `outrage
against humanity'." (Tac. Ann.).
No longer did Paul enjoy the fellowship of friends as he had in the previous
imprisonment at Rome. He now suffered as a "malefactor". One by one his friends