Category Archives: Philemon

Colossians and Philemon

Colossians: Seriously,  one of the best reads ever.  This book is 4 incredible chapters that describes

  1. What Christ has done
  2. What Christians should do

I am not going to pull apart scripture because honestly I think it is one of the clearest letters Paul writes.  I know your pen did some underlining!  The only thing I do want to point out is the word Mystery was used 4 times in Colossians.  It makes me think about the difference between a Christian and the rest of the world and why the rest of the world does not “get” the Christian.  It’s a mystery isn’t it.  The one thing that is different in our world vs theirs (besides eternity) is the Holy Spirit.  The fact that God actually lives inside each and every one of us to help guide, comfort,  and lead us.

the mystery that has been kept hidden for ages and generations, but is now disclosed to the saints. (Col 1:26)

To them God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. (Col 1:17)

My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, (Col 2:2)

And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mystery of Christ, for which I am in chains. (Col 4:3)

Philemon (by the way,  last year in front of Jeff  Lovingood I said Phil uh mon….it is Phil eeee men).   When you think about the purpose of the letter don’t think of the people but think of God’s charater  What is the purpose of this book?

  • Respect
  • Love
  • Forgiveness
  • Care
  • Protection

Philemon Overview

Find Hebrews and it is one chapter to the left of it. This one little book in the Bible may be only 25 verses but it completely encompasses the change Christ can have on us.  Have you ever read it.  ( I am not even sure I know how to pronounce it)

This book is about 2 things: Love and Forgiveness.  So if you struggle with either/both of those,  dig in. 

  • Paul is in prison and comes to meet a man by the name of Onesimus.  
  • Onesimus is a runaway slave to Paul’s friend Philemon in Colosse (a leader in the Church). 
  • So, Onesimus,  who before meeting Paul was considered useless has come to be a Christ Follower (Christian), thus his name Onesimus actually means “useful” in Greek.

Paul writes a letter from the Love in his heart to Philemon to accept and forgive Onesimus for running away and the crimes he has committed.  (anyone feeling like Onesimus??).  Paul not only asks for forgiveness but also for his protection.

Enjoy this wonderful personal letter that Paul writes from Prison.