September 16, 2018: Daily Bible Reading Commentary for Philemon
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Commentary: This personal letter was written while Paul was in prison. During his imprisonment, he met a runaway salve, Onesimus. Onesimus eventually turned his life over to Christ and helped Paul with his ministry. As evident by the Paul’s writing, the two had grown very close, much like father and son. Paul mourned sending Onesimus away, however, Onesimus had to atone for his past sins; namely, running away from his master. Philemon, as Onesimus’ owner, would have been well within his right to sell, torture, or even execute Onesimus for his crime. Paul pleads with Philemon to pardon Onesimus and accept him as a brother in Christ.
Focus Verses: 1:4-7 What is Paul’s prayer? What can you learn from his prayer? How can you apply that lesson?