THE EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO PHILEMON
PHILMON SUMMARY / PHILEMON BIBLE STUDY
LETTER TO PHILEMON
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PHILMON SUMMARY & PHILEMON BIBLE STUDY
LETTER TO PHILEMON
Welcome back to
Daily Bread. So happy for you to join in for the study of this very short
letter from Paul to Philemon. Let's read through the letter, then at the end
of it, we'll 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
Looking back to
Paul's 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" wasn't used very frequently back in Biblical times, but
instead, they used the word house.
PHILMON SUMMARY & PHILEMON BIBLE STUDY TRUTH
LETTER TO PHILEMON AND TO YOU
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
Philemon's house could include many people. This also indicates that
Philemon was a prominent figure in his city. After Paul's 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
Now, though I should be very confident in Christ to command you to do
what is fitting, instead, for love's 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. I've 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 shouldn't
be as if it were necessary, but willingly.
PHILMON SUMMARY AND PHILEMON BIBLE STUDY
LETTER TO PHILEMON FROM PAUL
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
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
don't 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 you'll 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.
PHILMON SUMMARY - PHILEMON BIBLE STUDY FACTS
LETTER TO PHILEMON BLESSING
interesting little thing. In some Bible versions, at the end of the book of
Philemon, there's 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, I've
sent him back to you, so one may get the impression that Onesimus shows up on
Philemon's doorstep with Paul's letter in hand. That was probably an
interesting meeting, before the letter was opened.
Okay, let's boil
this letter down. Paul is in prison with Onesimus, who is Philemon's 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, I've
learned that man must choose the things he does willingly, not because he
PHILMON SUMMARY - PHILEMON BIBLE STUDY HOPE
LETTER TO PHILEMON EXPLAINED
So, I'm 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 hadn't left, he wouldn't
have found the Lord.) Take him back with the same gentleness that you would
me. If he stole anything from you, I'll pay you back out of my own pocket,
(I won't mention what you owe me ... Which is your life.) Make me proud
of you and do good to my heart. I know you'll do that, and more! By the way,
I'm coming to stay at your place when they let me out of here because
through your prayers, I believe I'll be released to you.
Now, just because
man must choose willingly when he has a decision to make, doesn't mean
there's 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
Ask yourself these questions: If you were Philemon, wouldn't Paul's
letter encourage you to make the right choice? Might you have chosen
differently if you hadn't received Paul's 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?
PHILMON SUMMARY & PHILEMON BIBLE STUDY SUMMARY
LETTER TO PHILEMON CONCLUSION
Maybe you know a
runaway, who needs your letter (prayers) to get back to their Master. Maybe
you're 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 there's much more ahead, so come on back soon, and
we'll discover more truth together in the Epistle to the Hebrews, right here at Daily Bread.
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