Who knew such a short book in the bible would be full of nuggets so worthy of today’s needs.
The act of brotherly love is lacking in many areas of the world today but not in the book of Philemon.
This is read in the very first verse:
Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer,
“Yet for love’s sake I rather beseech thee, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.”
Onesimus is wandering due to robbing his master, Philemon. Paul and Onesimus paths cross and Paul leads him to the love of Christ. Paul understands Onesimus is a servant in the flesh to his master, Philemon. However, Onesimus and Philemon are both beloved servants of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Paul states if Onesimus owes Philemon anything, then Paul will repay it in full. As read in:
If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account;
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.
What a beautiful lesson to learn from the Epistle to Philemon. Just as Jesus finds us wandering about in life, he wants to lead us to the Lord. Just as Paul was willing to repay all of Onesimus wrongdoings in full, Jesus has paid our wrongdoings (sin) in full too.
“For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”
1 Timothy 2:4-6
Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
For there is one God, and one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus;
Who gave himself a ransom for all, to be testified in due time.
1 Corinthians 15:3 – 15:4
For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.”
May you continue to search the word of the living God and lean not unto your own understanding. May today be filled with blessings both big and small. ❤ ❤ ❤