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Summary: Beloved, Martin Luther saw the power of this short letter (Philemon) in his statement: "We are all his Onesimi if we really believe it."

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Beloved,..... we are going to step into the shoes..... of Onesimus (o-NES-e-muss with long 'o' and 2nd 'e') ...this morning (evening).

We are going to put ourselves ....in his place .....thus hopefully .....have a better understanding ....of what Christ did ....for us.

Martin Luther saw the power ...of this short letter..... in his statement:.... "We are all his Onesimi .....if we really believe it."

Within this epistle .....we will hopefully see..... how we are like Onesimus .....in at least 3 ways:

(1 Finger) An Un-deserved Substitute ( Philemon 1:17)

(2 Finger) An Un-payable Debt (Philemon 1:18)

(3 Finger) An Un-believable Payment (Philemon 1:19)

Beloved....... (1 Finger) We have ..... We have......An Un-deserved Substitute( Philemon 1:17)

Hear God's Word BIBLE "If then .....you regard me as a partner,.... accept him ......as you would me." END

Paul begins his discourse ....with a condition.

The stipulation.... Seeks to find a coming ground....that is .....regarding Paul .....as a partner .....in the faith.

The Greek word Koinonos ( Koy-no-nos) ....meant much more ....than a partner ....for the word itself... is derived from the Greek word..... for fellowship.

A Fellowship ....a Partnership ......based on .....their common life .....in Jesus Christ.

In his heart and mind..... Philemon (Phil-'e'-mon) most certainly regarded Paul..... as a Koinonos (Koy-no-nos).

After all,.... it was Paul ....who led Philemon.... to Christ.

It was Paul ....who refers to Philemon ....in the opening sentence .....as a beloved brother ......and fellow worker.

Paul indeed ....was a partner with Philemon .....in the fellowship of faith..... and in the ministry ....of the Gospel.

Understanding that condition is met, .....that is Philemon ..... recognizes Paul as a partner ..... then the result of the condition is this:..... "...accept him as you would me."

Philemon ....was to accept Onesimus ....as if he ...were receiving Paul... himself.

Simply put ....Paul was taking Onesimus' place.

He became a substitute..... for Onesimus.

Welcome him.... as you would welcome ...me.

Forgive him..... as you would forgive ...me.

Thus .....as Philemon was standing there.... looking at Onesimus, ....he was to see the face.... of the Apostle Paul.

Paul became a substitute, .....taking Onesimus' place.

And like Paul......., Jesus takes ......our place.

And this analogy .....would not be lost.... on Philemon.

Jesus appeals to the Father .....on our behalf ...Father accept them ....as you would me.

At the heart of Christianity ....is the Atonement:

Atonement is the true meaning .....to Christ's death .....for he sacrificed Himself ....in the place of us, .....in the place of us .....condemned sinners.

Hear the word of God BIBLE "He ....who knew no sin ....became sin ....on our behalf; ...that we might become ...the righteousness ...of God .....in him" END (2 Corinthians 5:21)

Paul described it to the Galatian believers in these words BIBLE "Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, ....having become a curse ....for us..." END (Galatians. 3:13)


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