Please read Philemon Philemon 1, Philippians 1 and Phillippins 2:1-11. The plea for Onesimus is interesting to me. This letter is addressed to a person, not a city (like Paul’s other letters). Philemon is a leader in the church at Colossae. The purpose of the letter was to encourage Philemon to receive Onesimus as a beloved brother. What did you learn as you read today?
“confident of this very thing, that He who has begun a good work in you will complete it until the day of Jesus Christ” Philippians 1:6
I relate 1:6 to Psalm 138:8 and Isaiah 43:22-25. God always finishes what He begins.
“I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten while in my chains, who once was unprofitable to you, but now is profitable to you and to me. I am sending him back” Phili 1:10-12
Onesimus was a slave. He ran away, he received the Gospel, he becomes a son, and came to be a great blessing. We can relate to this, can’t we? Sounds similar to our own stories!
“I want you to know, brethren, that the things which happened to me have actually turned out for the furtherance of the gospel, so that it has become evident to the whole palace guard, and to all the rest, that my chains are in Christ” Philippans 1:12-13
Paul agains warns the believers not to be offended because of his trials. Its good advice for us as well: don’t adopt an offense. Pauls also reiterates the fact that there will be suffering (1:29-30), but mercifully, we have the victory!