Summary: In Philemon 8-16, Paul demonstrates four principals of biblical mediation so that you can be equipped to reconcile two estranged believers 1. Appeal out of Love (v.8-9) 2. Acknowledge the Positive Changes (v.10-11) 3. Advocate Reconciliation (v.12-14
Standing in the Gap
The Ministry of Mediation (Reconcilliation)
Have you ever found yourself “standing in the gap”?
No, not the store. A different gap – one that separates two believers.
Two Christians (relatives, friends, co-workers, or maybe even co-laborers in Christ) who have set themselves up against one another. So much so that there is a continental divide between the two. They are estranged.
Estranged? Mutual enmity or indifference in where there had formerly been love, affection - fellowship
And you find yourself in the middle of the two // standing in the gap.
What do you do? What can you do to be a bridge so that both can cross, meet in the middle and reconcile?
What we are talking about is what I would call “the ministry of mediation”
· Intervening between two hostile parties in order to reconcile them.
· “Injecting godly counsel into a diseased relationship in order to bring about healthy biblical restoration
It’s not just a job for elders, pastors or counselors ONLY– it’s a job that we can all do if we are born again.
2 Cor 5 – Ministry of Roncilliation
The Apostle Paul found himself in this gap (review)
A. The Background (v.1-3)
1. Writer (v.1)
2. Recipient (v.1-2)
3. Reason (v.10, 17)
B. Insight Into a Forgiver’s Heart (v.4-7) (Philemon)
1. A faith in Jesus Christ
1. An unconditional love toward others
3. A demonstrable fellowship
4. A refreshment for others
III. Standing in the Gap (the ministry of mediation)
A. Appeal out of Love (v.8-9)
B. Acknowledge the Positive Changes (v.10-11)
C. Advocate Reconciliation (v.12-14)
D. Affirm the Sovereignty of God (v. 15-16)
1. APPEAL OUT OF LOVE (8-9)
(v .8-9)“Therefore, though I have enough confidence in Christ to order you to do what is proper, yet for love’s sake I rather appeal to you – since I am such a person as Paul, the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ –
The first principle in being a mediator is to make an appeal out of love. Paul begins by writing,
Looks back at v. 4-7
· The theme that flows though those verses is a forgivers heat born out of the love.
· Keep that in mind…
“…though I have enough confidence in Christ to order you to do what is proper,”
Paul had confidence (parrhsi]an)
· Lit. “freedom of all speech”
· Used originally in the sphere of politics to signify the democratic right of a full citizen of a Greek city-state to speak one’s own opinions.
· It was frank, honest, direct – held nothing back
But Paul’s confidence (his direct, hold nothing back, speech) in this verse, is described in three ways:
a. In terms of sufficiency – enough
o Could also be translated much, great, enough
o In other words his confidence was sufficient
o Paul was supremely confident
b. In terms of origin – in Christ
o Here was the source of Paul’s sufficient confidence
o It wasn’t in himself, but it was in Christ
c. In terms of application – to order you to do what is proper