Wednesday, May 23, 2012


In reading the book of  Philemon in the N.T., which is only one short chapter I came across some notes I had taken on it years back. It is one or Paul's prison letters.  Philemon, a Christian at Colosse, had a slave named Onesimus.  He had robbed his master and fled Rome.  There he came across Paul and was converted.
(God has ways to get our attention.) 
He must have told Paul what he had done to his Master.  Paul counseled him and, no doubt told him he would have to go back to Philemon and  make restitution.  So Paul writes a letter on Onesimus behalf.  
Paul is interceding on his behalf.  In verse 17 he ask Philemon to "Receive him as myself.  If he hath wronged thee or oweth thee anything, put it on my account."  In another place "I beseech thee for my son, Onesimus
whom I have begotten in my bonds."  He was unprofitable in the past but he has had a change of heart and now Paul knew he would be profitable to Philemon as he had been to Paul.  Paul would have like to keep him but knew that he belonged to another.

1. We are God's property, as was Onesimus the property of Philemon.
2. We robbed God, and ran away, but our Apostle and High Priest,  found us, transformed us 
and  brought us back to to our Master (Jesus Christ) whom He, to God, the Father, besought to receive us as Himself.
3. God charged all our debts up to the account of Jesus Christ and we were free.
4. We wronged Him,  and went out to hide from His presence in the crowd, but the Holy Spirit apprehended  us.
5.  The Roman law had a provision that a slave might become free so he could be adopted and freed.
We were born in sin and enslaved to Satan, but Jesus Christ with His shed Blood, freed us so we could be adopted into the family of God.

 Read this book and compare:
Philemon - The Father
Onesimus - slave or sinner
Paul, the intercessor (Christ)


Deborah said...

Amen! Good comparison.
Hope you are keeping well!

Honeycombs said...

Lovely post Aliene. Great to read it. Jean

Jenifer Harrod said...

This was a great study! I have also enjoyed seeing your granchildren's pictures. Coem by and see me on the web I have a new free ebook for you.

Barbara said...

Very good, really enjoyed this, hope you are well and doing good, lots of hugs