Summary of the Book of Philemon
The book of Philemon is a letter written by the Apostle Paul while in prison, to Philemon in regards to his slave, Onesimus. Apparently, Onesimus stole from his master then ran away to Rome where he met Paul and became a believer. This letter is a personal appeal by the Apostle to Philemon, a fellow brother in Christ to forgive and restore Onesimus who had become very dear to him. Paul urges Philemon to do the right thing in forgiving Onesimus and to set an example for the church that met in his home.
Philemon 1 - Paul’s Plea for Onesimus
Philemon 1 opens with a prayer of thanksgiving by the Apostle Paul for Philemon, his household and the church that met in his home. He then writes to Philemon explaining why he is sending Onesimus back to him and asks that he forgives him. He invites him to receive the slave as a dear brother in Christ, explaining how this man refreshed and served the apostle while he was in chains. Paul offers to repay Philemon for anything that was taken and asks him to prepare a guest room for him because he hoped to visit.
This book gives a strong message of forgiveness, especially between those who believe. It also gives good insight for viewing all people as equal regardless of the cultural practices of the day.
May you be blessed and inspired as you read and study the book of Philemon.
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