This relentless enemy of Christians Acts 8:3; 22:5, 19; 26:11; Gal. The letter asks Philemon to forgive the absconder and to receive him back as a brother in Christ. He used his influence with Onesimus, ver. There is some indication that Philemon had affection for Onesimus in spite of what his servant had done. In 2003, he earned his Juris Doctorate, magna cum laude, from Capital University Law School, where he received the Order of the Curia. He served Paul in his imprisonment for some time. It is evident from the letter to him that Philemon was a man of property and influence, since he is represented as the head of a numerous household, and as exercising an expensive liberality toward his friends and the poor in general.
These would have been the group from which many emerged by gaining or being given freedom. We find such a verse in Philemon 1. You have Philemon, and possibly his wife Apphia and son, Archippus. One may still continue in a functional relationship of master and slave after conversion, but must relate to one another on a higher level of unity B. And Philemon as has been identified earlier is one of the four prison epistles.
Now Paul is sending him back to Philemon and asking Philemon to receive Onesimus back Philemon 1. Some who find it difficult to speak for God may well write for him. He was a fellow laborer. The apostle and Philemon had been friends for many years. God deals impartially with master and slave 4.
Philemon 22 seems merely to be an expression of the hope of release from prison, without giving any indication as to when. It is believed that Onesimus was freed by Philemon and he went on to become a bishop, eventually being martyred in Rome Epaphras was from Colossae where he had preached the Gospel. This, of course, is not at all a necessary suggestion, but is purely conjecture. It is not certain under what circumstances they became known to each other. Apparently Philemon was well-to-do, for his home was large enough to accommodate the church assemblies, and he was a slave owner. They must eventually answer to God for their actions Colossians 4:1.
This would argue against the epistle merely being a private letter to Philemon. The authenticity of Philemon was disputed by the Tübingen school under Baur due to its correlation with Colossians, and by the W. Nothing is wanted to confirm the genuineness of the epistle: the external testimony is unimpeachable; nor does the epistle itself offer anything to conflict with this decision. Names: When one compares the names in Philemon 1,10,22-24 with those in Colossians 4:7-17 it becomes evident that they were written from the same location: 1 Epaphras 2 Mark 3 Aristarchus 4 Archippus 5 Demas 6 Luke 7 Onesimus 8 Paul and Timothy b. Even though Paul identifies himself as a prisoner, he does not inform the reader where his imprisonment is located. The book of Philemon consists of only one chapter.
Paul believed that Philemon would receive Onesimus back and love him as a brother in Jesus Philemon 1. I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds: which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me. Paul says that he is sending Onesimus back to Philemon. If he had never escaped this may not have happened, so now he is returning to Philemon as a repentant sinner returns to God. Paul attempted to unite both Philemon and Onesimus with Christian love so that emancipation would become necessary. Final Greetings 23-25 Guthrie, 664.
Archippus, probable son of Philemon 5. We have been forgiven and reconciled to God and we must in that same spirit seek to forgive one another. Date of Writing: The Book of Philemon was written in approximately A. It is a masterpiece of Christian tact and ethics. While Paul doesn't mention Jesus' death and resurrection directly in this book, he offers to take on any punishment Onesimus deserves, a demonstration of what Jesus did on the cross. Canons: It is named as authentic by the following canons: a. He encourages Philemon to do the same as he reconciles to Onesimus before God.
Philemon was a Christian, a fellow laborer with Paul, a partner with Paul in their endeavor to advance the cause of Christ. Not only that, he had opened his home for Christian fellowship. Rome: capital city of the mighty Roman Empire. He calls for reconciliation, especially so because Onesimus is now not just a slave, but a fellow believer. Paul reminded Philemon of that, as he urged him to accept the newly converted Onesimus back, not as a lawbreaker or his slave, but as a fellow brother in Christ.