And to Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier , and to the church in your house:
Grace (spiritual blessing and favor) be to all of you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah).
I give thanks to my God for you always when I mention you in my prayers,
Because I continue to hear of your love and of your loyal faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints (God's consecrated people).
that the participation in and sharing of your faith may produce and promote full recognition and appreciation and understanding and precise knowledge of every good that is ours in Christ Jesus .
For I have derived great joy and comfort and encouragement from your love, because the hearts of the saints have been cheered and refreshed through you, brother.
Therefore, though I have abundant boldness in Christ to charge you to do what is fitting and required and your duty to do,
Yet for love's sake I prefer to appeal to you just for what I am--I, Paul, an ambassador and an old man and now a prisoner for His sake also--
I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus , whom I have begotten while a captive in these chains.
Once he was unprofitable to you, but now he is indeed profitable to you as well as to me.
I am sending him back to you in Marvin Vincent, Word Studies in the New Testament.his own person, my very heart.
I would have chosen to keep him with me, in order that he might minister to my needs in your stead during my imprisonment for the Gospel's sake.
But it has been my wish to do nothing about it without first consulting you and getting your consent, in order that your benevolence might not seem to be the result of compulsion or of pressure but might be voluntary .
Perhaps it was for this reason that he was separated for a while, that you might have him back as yours forever,
Not as a slave any longer but as more than a slave, as a brother , especially dear to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord .
If then you consider me a partner and a Marvin Vincent, Word Studies in the New Testament.comrade in fellowship, welcome and receive him as you would me.
And if he has done you any wrong in any way or owes anything , charge that to my account.
I, Paul, write it with my own hand, I promise to repay it --and that is to say nothing that you owe me your very self!
Yes, brother, let me have some profit from you in the Lord. Cheer and refresh my heart in Christ.
I write to you confident of your obedient compliance, knowing that you will do even more than I ask.
At the same time prepare a guest room to me, for I am hoping through your prayers to be granted to you.
Greetings to you from Epaphras, my fellow prisoner here in Christ Jesus (the Messiah),
And Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers.
The grace (blessing and favor) of the Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah) be with your spirit. Amen (so be it).
Summary: Paul's letter to Philemon gives us solid timeless principles in restoring broken relationships. As Paul paid for Onesimus' sin, so Christ pays for ours, thus restoring us to God. Because we have been forgiven much, we need to forgive others.
Summary: Paul's whole plea to Philemon is to act the way the loving Father acted: to welcome home the beloved son; to restore him to fellowship with the family. There will be, and have been, occasions when we'll be called to respond to wrongdoers the same way.
Summary: Paul was good at knowing how to talk to people. He was wise in how he chose his words. The letter he wrote to his friend Philemon is a great example of that. Let’s take a look at how Paul sought to influence his friend to do the right thing.
Summary: How to make your faith effective; so that you won't be caught in the trap of unbelief. Your life can be full of the living experiences of God's Word. The scriptures will no longer become a story but a living testimony when you master the act of faith.
Summary: This sermon is designed to inspire the reader to include others into our fellowship, regardless of what they once were. We must break down the walls that divide us and have a heart of "inclusion" with everyone we meet.
Summary: There are droves of Christians getting prepared to bake their cakes and eat all of them or maximum give to their close friends, uncles, aunties and grandmas…… I’m talking about sharing not from your abundance but from your suffering.