Philemon Chapter 1

Philemon 1

1Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer,

2And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house:

3Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

4I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers,

5Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;

6That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

7For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.

8Wherefore, though I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin thee that which is convenient,

9Yet for love’s sake I rather beseech thee, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.

10I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:

11Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me:

12Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is, mine own bowels:

13Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel:

14But without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.

15For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever;

16Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?

17If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.

18If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account;

19I Paul have written it with mine own hand, I will repay it: albeit I do not say to thee how thou owest unto me even thine own self besides.

20Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord.

21Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say.

22But withal prepare me also a lodging: for I trust that through your prayers I shall be given unto you.

23There salute thee Epaphras, my fellowprisoner in Christ Jesus;

24Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellowlabourers.

25The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

 

25 thoughts on “Philemon Chapter 1

  1. wow, Paul was an awesome dude. I feel the TRUE love he had for his brothers…what if WE could love one another like he loved…

  2. v10 NIV “appeal to you for my brother, Onesimus, who became my son while I was in chains.” This man had been a slave who had stolen from his master. This was the death penalty in that age. He had run away and through Paul had become a Christian. v11 Formerly he was useless to you but now he has become useful to both you and me.”
    What a difference Jesus makes in our life! Like Onesimus–changed into usefulness.

  3. This verse describes what I believe to be every Leaders gauge of influence.

    21 Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say.

    The confidence (trust) of relationship, I pray that the desire or drive in me would cause me to go beyond what is required.

    There is incredible completeness in knowing that those in authority over you have confidence in you. Jesus I want to do more than you say, I am not just trying to get by. Pastor I want you to have confidence in me, I trust your leadership.

    BE Church
    BE Submitted

  4. (v3)Grace to you,and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.most@if the time it says “Grace and peace”i dont know about you,but I am in need of his Grace everysingle day of my life.Philemon had to forgave and put pride on the side,if Jesus did,why couldn’t he?…(v6)That the communication of thy faith effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.i want the fruit of my faith to help other…….and i love (v7)For we have great joy and consolation in thy love,because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee brother.iin Jesus name i ask that my love for God grows everyday,because i think if i have a passion for God,thats what is giong to make me moove and take action,which i do it…..not all the time but i am in the process……..Colossians1:9 is my prayer for all of us:For this cause we also,since the day we heard it,do not cease to pray for you,and to desire that “we”might be fillrd with the knowledge of his will in all wisdom and spiritual understanding.

  5. What a great lesson in leading! The way Paul spoke to Philemon was key to having his instructions received.
    Vs 21 Philemon may have wanted the runaway dealt with by the law, but Paul is so confident and expresses that he knows Philemon will even do more than he asked of him toward this man!

  6. Pauls commendation to the those he is writing to about the love that is evident in their lives. True love brims over our live into every aspect and it cause the reflection of the greatest one who showed the ultimate love for us, Jesus Christ. Accepting people as they are, regardless of their past, pointing them to the relationship that Jesus desire them to have, and then loving them through their mistakes, until they are able to stand in His love alone, is the kind of love I believe Paul was speaking about. True love never fails.

  7. Though this letter carries with it a strong undertone of authority I appreciate the fact that Paul speaks what he knows God is wanting him to, and in his request to Philemon he does much to compliment and encourage him. He reminds him of his previous situation in life and also makes him feel amazing about who he is now. True leadership exposes what needs to be worked on all the while making someone feel valuable.

  8. v 18 If he has done you any wrong or owes you anything charge it to me

    This was a courtesy at Paul’s cost.
    ” welcome him as you would welcome me”
    ” He is more than a slave,he is a brother loved
    in the Lord.”
    Just as Jesus said,” to Zacchaeas
    ( the tax collector) that he was “a son of
    Abramham.”
    We were all once slaves to sin but thank God for His Amazing Love His Mercy and Grace.

  9. Paul’s intercession for Onesimus illustrates what Christ has done for us. Paul convinced Onesimus that running from his problems wouldn’t solve them, and he persuaded Onesimus to return to his master. Paul urged Philemon to be reconciled to his slave, receiving him as a brother and fellow member of God’s family. Reconciliation means reestablishing relationship. Christ has reconciled us. Many barriers come between people but Christ can break down the barriers. Jesus Christ changed Onesimus’s relationship to Philemon from slave to brother. Christ can transform our most hopeless relationship into deep and loving friendship.

  10. Paul laid down his pen and handed the letter to tychicus for delivery to Philemon. Little did he realize the extent to which the message of this litter would influence Christian behavior for centuries to follow. The letter is a sample of love and courtesy, as applicable today as it was when it was written . Amen.

  11. God allows people in our lives for set seasons. Some longer than others and some for a lifetime. This is a good example of this.

  12. 10 While here in jail, I’ve fathered a child, so to speak. And here he is, hand-carrying this letter-Onesimus!11 He was useless to you before; now he’s useful to both of us.12 I’m sending him back to you, but it feels like I’m cutting off my right arm in doing so.13 I wanted in the worst way to keep him here as your stand-in to help out while I’m in jail for the Message.

    A true Father in the Gospel… gave birth to a son, trained him from being of no use to being of great use. Then sends him out… to do what he was trained to do.

    • Onesimus must have really had a servant’s heart for Paul to say he was a servant but also above a servant… a brother.

  13. Such a great chapter, specially after last night service, where we could humble ourselves one with another, in all love and forgiveness. I want to honor my leaders and follow their guidance in everything I do. Thank you Jesus for great and loving leaders.

  14. 15For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever

    I was listening to a message the other day where the minister was talking about people who question God about the untimely passing of someone or for explanations of why God allows things to happen. This verse was his explanation.

  15. Paul does not excuse the actions of Onesimusm, becomes his advocate for mercy, even taking any debt owed to his account. All of us have debts (sin) to pay, but Jesus knew as Paul that we have value in his kingdom and was willing to pay our debt.

  16. SUMMARY
    Greetings and thanksgiving for Philemons faith. Entreaty for Onesimus. The change in Onesimus and return. An appeal to Philemons love for Paul. Pauls hope to visit Colosse.

  17. 6That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

    “The communication of thy faith”, what is our faith communicating? Out of the mouth the heart speaketh. Faith should reside in the heart and mind and therefore come out of the mouth. Negative speaking spotlights the heart and diminishes faith. The natural man dwells within negative speaking but the spiritual man dwells in faith. Therefore, we war within ourselves. We must feed the spiritual man daily. In order for our faith to grow it must communicate. How does it grow and become effective? By recognizing every good thing that is in us comes from Jesus Christ. The world should see Jesus in us. Let your faith communicate! Be Church!

  18. This chapter is inspiring especially considering it comes from a man that is incarcerated. Such faith, such commitment, such obedience, imagine all the Lord could do if we were all of a like mind behind the Man of God. Once we become like Philemon trivial things will be a thing of the past, we simply must become as one if we are to Be-Church. May the good Lord Bless you all in Jesus name, Amen

  19. We should pray always for one another,have and show love toward one another. We should be someone when givem something to do we do more than just what is expected.Gp beyond convenience.

  20. Thanking God for placing people in my life to learn and gain wisdom, knowledge, life skills, leadership qualities and pointing me in the direction that leads me straight to the cross. I want to also be this for others as well. We are a living example. What are you being an example OF to the people around you?

  21. This chapter seems like an allegory for the position the church is in. We have people coming in who have been involved in all kinds of sin and we have backsliders like the prodigal son who have various backgrounds concerning falling away from God for a season and now we are faced with the question, will we take them in? Will we receive them? Receiving someone means more than physically opening the door, allowing them a chair, and shaking their hand.

    V15-17 “15 For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever;

    16 Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?

    17 If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.”

    To receive someone as a brother beloved, even on the same level as Philemon’s relationship with Paul, means more than simply tolerating someone or being neutral towards them. The church is called to have the same overflow of love towards people that Jesus has. The person’s actions might be wrong, their past might not be spotless, but that didn’t stop Jesus from going to Calvary. Love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance… we are to bear the fruit of the Spirit, not simply for our benefit but as ministers, servants, of the gospel, according to the Master’s will.

    When the multitude in Matthew 14 were hungry, Jesus told His disciples in v16 “But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.” Jesus gave them what He blessed and broke, and when they obediently ministered to the multitude, *bearing* what He gave them, not only were all filled but they had 12 basketfuls left of fragments. God gave them more than enough; it filled the need and yet still overflowed in abundance. When the flow is right there won’t be burn out, the servants weren’t drained and didn’t come up short but had a basketful leftover for each disciple.

    Paul stands in a place of intercession in v18-19 “18 If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account; 19 I Paul have written it with mine own hand, I will repay it: albeit I do not say to thee how thou owest unto me even thine own self besides.” He, like Jesus, said “put that on mine account… I will repay it.” Will we forgive others their past? Will we let the blood cover every sin? Prov 10:12 “Hatred stirreth up strifes: but love covereth all sins.” Prov 17:9 “He that covereth a transgression seeketh love; but he that repeateth a matter separateth very friends.”

    Even beyond the anonymous person coming in those church doors, some we have personal history with. Like we experienced Sunday night, will we allow forgiveness? Will we clear the record, wipe the slate clean? Imagine the person who’s not living for God who did you the most hurt, caused you the most injury. Now imagine them coming to church and getting right with God and ending up as a brother or sister in Christ. Will we still love them and receive them fully? It seems like the right answer is plain and simple, but when we end up in a situation where the emotions are still raw, the wounds still open, the sting still fresh, will we react according to the flesh or respond in love?

    Refuse to have dams in the river
    Let the love flow
    Be Church

  22. “6That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.”…Communicating our faith to the lost is imparative. We must be able to do this in all that we do. That is what makes the difference between His church and Hypocracy.

    “21Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say.”… Wow. To have a pastor say that about one of his sheep would be awsome. Too often we let self will get in the way and we become rebellious. When we truely submit ourselfs to our pastor we will not only do as asked, but also more…

  23. God has paid all of our dues. We don’t owe the enemy anything. Let’s praise God for what he has done & praise him for what he’s going to do.

  24. Verses 5-6 in the Message version read:

    “I keep hearing of the love and faith you have for the Master Jesus, which brims over to other believers. And I keep praying that this faith we hold in common keeps showing up in the good things we do, and that people recognize Christ in all of it.” Lord help us to have that overflowing that spills over to others and be walking testimonies.

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