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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)

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)

In Philemon 8-16 (quickview) , Paul demonstrates four principals of biblical mediation so that you can be equipped to reconcile two estranged believers

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,

“Therefore…”

Looks back at v. 4-7

· Describe

· 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


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