Essay on I Believe Is A Little Over Ambitious

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To call Philemon a book, I believe is a little over ambitious. The epistle of Philemon was really a very personal letter that Paul wrote to his friend and Brother in Christ. Paul addressed Philemon as “our beloved” (v. 1), which showed the common love in Jesus, uniting them in an intimacy that exceeds close earthly relationships in strength. I think another key aspect to Paul and Philemon’s relationship was that Paul put a special distinction on him by labeling him a “fellow-worker,” which is a term mainly set aside primarily for preachers of the Gospel. I think Paul said this because Philemon had offered the use of his house, but also because he showed his dedication in other ways and was actively engaged in spreading the Gospel by every means at his disposal. One of the reasons Philemon could be so active within his community was because he was a wealthy citizen of Colossae in Phrygia, and a prominent Christian in that city. I think it is important to note that the work of the church is not necessarily limited to pastors and teachers, but is also entrusted to all Christians who care to be involved whether wealthy or not.
Paul hadn’t previously visited Colossae, but seems to have been responsible for Philemon’s conversion. Onesimus was a slave to Philemon and had apparently robbed him and ran away from Colossae (Colossians 4:9) to Rome where Paul, while in prison, led him to faith in Jesus. Now Paul was sending Onesimus back to Philemon. This letter in essence tells…

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