From Slave of Sin to Freedom in Christ Jesus
Philemon is one book that I have never heard anyone preach, teach, or even mention!
I have to admit I have read this book many times but this time, God has opened my eyes to a greater understanding of what this small one chapter book holds! This little book is a picture of God’s grace, mercy , and forgiveness which He bestows on the captives and sets them free.
It is also a reminder to us to show mercy, grace, and forgiveness. For we once were in need of God’s grace and mercy!
why the Letter was written
Paul wrote this letter to Philemon concerning his runaway slave Onesimus. According to this letter, Onesimus ran away from Philemon to Rome where he encountered the apostle Paul. While in Rome Onesimus became a Christian a beloved brother. Philemon 1:10:
I appeal to you for my child Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my imprisonment.
But if he has wronged you in any way or owes you anything, charge that to my account;
We learn in verse 18 that Onesimus had run away from Philemon, he had wronged him and may have taken something from him. According to Roman Law Philemon had the right to put him to death. Paul is appealing to Philemon to show mercy and forgiveness to Onesimus. Continue reading