What is the main point of Philemon?
While passing no judgment on slavery itself, Paul exhorts Philemon to manifest true Christian love, which removes barriers between enslaved people and free people. From Ephesus, where he was imprisoned (c. 53–54), Paul wrote his shortest and most personal letter to…
Why did Paul wrote to Philemon?
Paul wrote to Philemon to encourage him to receive Onesimus back as a brother in the gospel without the severe punishments that would usually be inflicted on runaway slaves (see Philemon 1:17). Paul even offered to make up any financial loss Onesimus had caused Philemon to suffer (see Philemon 1:18–19).
Why did Onesimus run away from Philemon?
Onesimus was a runaway. Although the reason is not made specific, the text implies that Onesimus had stolen a substantial amount of money, and probably used some of it to buy passage to Rome. A likely scenario is that Onesimus was remiss in his duties and was criticized for laziness or shoddy work by Philemon.
How does Paul refer to himself in the book of Philemon?
The two obviously had a pretty close relationship, in fact Paul refers to himself as a father figure to the younger man (Philemon 10). It’s likely that the reason Paul grew so attached to Onesimus is because they share the same religious views, and that’s why Paul wants him to return to his city.
Who was Philemon written to?
In his letter to Philemon, Paul, who wrote from Rome, informed Philemon, a Church leader of Collosae in Asia Minor, about one Onesimus, a runaway slave, whom Paul had converted to Christianity in Rome and whom he was returning to his master, Philemon.
What is the relationship between Paul and Philemon?
Further complicating the relationship waters is Philemon’s relationship to Paul, who likely converted him, and therefore saved him. Indeed, Philemon is indebted to Paul for eternity, which Paul make known by saying nothing and everything (see Philemon 1:19).
Is Onesimus Paul’s son?
But in the 2004 edition of the Roman Martyrology, Onesimus is listed under 15 February. There, he is described as “[a] runaway slave, whom the apostle Paul received to the faith of Christ while in prison, regarding him as a son of whom he had become father, as he himself wrote to Philemon, Onesimus’s master”.
How did Paul reconcile Onesimus with Philemon What can we learn about forgiveness from this letter?
Onesimus had escaped with Philemon’s property to Rome where he met Paul – a prisoner of Christ. Paul converted Onesimus and pleaded with Philemon in writing, to accept him back. Paul, in the letter told Philemon how useful Onesimus had been to him. He had a great belief in Philemon that he would forgive Onesimus.