Sunday, August 4, 2013

Philemon (Bible in 90 Days)

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Paul writes a personal letter to Philemon on behave of a slave. Onesimus was Philemon’s slave who stole from his master and ran away to Rome. While on the run, Onesimus ran into Paul and the Good News. He accepted Christ, but then it was time to go home to Colosse.

With very careful words and explanations, Paul writes to his friend Philemon who is a member of the Colossian Church. He explains that Onesimus is coming back, not as a slave, but as a brother. Paul pleas for Philemon to forgive Onesimus’ transgressions, desertion and theft, for they are now brothers in Christ.

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“It seems Onesimus ran away for a little while so that you could have him back forever. He is no longer like a slave to you. He is more than a slave, for he is a beloved brother, especially to me. Now he will mean much more to you, both as a man and as a brother in the Lord” (Philemon 1:15-16).

The book of Philemon demonstrates the power of Christ and true Christian fellowship in action. No matter what barriers stand in front of you, God calls you to seek unity and break down those walls to embrace your brothers and sisters in Christ.
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