The Word Is Alive

The Epistle to Philemon

Paul, writing from his house prison in Rome, had come into contact with a runaway slave called Onesimus, who had left his master Philemon in Colossæ and come to Rome. After coming to faith, Onesimus became a very loyal and useful companion to Paul. However, Paul knew that the right thing to do by the Lord would to have Onesimus return to his former master in order for the two men to be reconciled, no longer as slave and master but as brothers in Christ.

So Paul wrote to Philemon, asking for such reconciliation. Although he knew he might face severe punishment or even death, Onesimus travelled back to Colossæ with Tychicus, who was the official courier of the  letter.

Book Youtube Date
Philemon Watch 1 Mar 13

The studies in this book are based primarily on the NIV translation published in 1984.

There is some supplementary material for the book and a mind map of its structure that may prove useful for study.