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THE EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO PHILEMON


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          Welcome back to Daily Bread. So happy for you to join in for the study of this very short letter from Paul to Philemon. Letís read through the letter, then at the end of it, weíll do some investigating.

From Paul, a prisoner for Jesus Christ, and from Timothy our brother, to Philemon our dearly beloved, and co-worker, and to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellow-soldier, and to the church in your house: Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

          Looking back to Paulís epistle to the Colossians, he mentions both Onesimus and Archippus, so you can guess that Paul probably knew these people from his third journey, when he traveled through Asia to Ephesus. Also, a little Daily Bread Crumb. This is sort of a reminder crumb from an Old Testament study. The word "family" wasnít used very frequently back in Biblical times, but instead, they used the word house. Now when they referred to a house, many times that included more than one family, and in addition, servants, and any strangers (foreigners) who may be staying with someone. It was common for several families (even many) of the same tribe to live in the same vicinity, and have a leader, who would be the chief of that house, and the house would be named after the leader. So, the church in Philemonís house could include many people. This also indicates that Philemon was a prominent figure in his city. After Paulís greeting, he says,

I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers, hearing of your love and faith that you have for the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints; that your faith may spread by your declaring of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. We have great joy and comfort in your love, because the hearts of the saints are refreshed by you, brother.

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Now, though I should be very confident in Christ to command you to do what is fitting, instead, for loveís sake, I appeal to you, being in my old age and now a prisoner for Jesus Christ ... I ask this for my son Onesimus, whom I have adopted while in prison, who in the past was unprofitable to you, but is now profitable to both of us. Iíve sent him back to you, so welcome him, that is, my own heart, whom I would have kept with me, that on your behalf, he might have ministered to me in the bonds of the Gospel, but you must choose, that your good deed shouldnít be as if it were necessary, but willingly.

Perhaps he left for a little while, so that you would accept him for ever; not now as a servant, but more than a servant, a brother beloved, especially to me, but how much more to you, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?

If you think of me as a friend, take him back as you would myself. If he has done you wrong, or owes you anything, I will pay you back. I, Paul, have written it with my own hand, I will repay you, even though I donít ask for what you owe me, even your own life.

Yes, brother, let me have the joy of you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in the Lord. Having confidence in your obedience, I wrote to you, knowing that youíll do even more than I ask. But in the meanwhile, prepare a place for me to stay also, because I trust that through your prayers I will be released to you. Give my best to Epaphras, my fellowprisoner in Christ Jesus; and Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, and Lucas (Luke), my fellow labourers. The Grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

          Hereís an interesting little thing. In some Bible versions, at the end of the book of Philemon, thereís a note that says: *Written from Rome to Philemon, by Onesimus, a servant. Now, Paul said in the letter that he had written it with his own hand, which may mean that it was his own words spoken, while Onesimus actually wrote it. Another thing to ponder is that Paul says, Iíve sent him back to you, so you get the impression that Onesimus shows up on Philemonís doorstep with Paulís letter in hand. That was probably an interesting meeting, before the letter was opened.

          Okay, letís boil this letter down. Paul is in prison with Onesimus, who is Philemonís runaway slave, but from the things Paul wrote, we can deduce that Paul has grown to love him as his own son. So, in his diplomatic manner, Paul drops Philemon a line. In it he says, Look, I should just boldly demand in the name of Christ that you do the right thing, but in my many years, and now in prison, Iíve learned that man must choose the things he does willingly, not because he has to. So, Iím asking you, in the name of love, to give this fellow a second chance. Maybe the reason he left, was so you would accept him back forever, as a brother, not just a slave. (If he hadnít left, he wouldnít have found the Lord.) Take him back with the same gentleness that you would me. If he stole anything from you, Iíll pay you back out of my own pocket, (I wonít mention what you owe me ... which is your life.) Make me proud of you and do good to my heart. I know youíll do that, and more! By the way, Iím coming to stay at your place when they let me out of here because through your prayers, I believe Iíll be released to you. 

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          Now, just because man must choose willingly when he has a decision to make, doesnít mean thereís anything wrong with putting TRUTH in front of that man to help assist him in his choice, and Paul took advantage of that in a very tactful way. Ask yourself these questions: If you were Philemon, wouldnít Paulís letter encourage you to make the right choice? Might you have chosen differently if you hadnít received Paulís letter? Would you be glad in the end, that Paul helped you to see the TRUTH, even though you may have wanted something differently at the start?

          Maybe you know a runaway, who needs your letter (prayers) to get back to their Master. Maybe youíre the runaway. Maybe you have a choice of a different kind to make. Friend, you have choices to make every day. Every one of us has been a deserter, a thief and worthless at one time or another in our lives, but our Master, who waits with open arms to receive us back again, is He who can guide you in making the right choices.

          That was an interesting study, and thereís much more ahead, so come on back soon, and weíll discover more truth together, right here at Daily Bread.

 

 

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