David guzik commentary on pauls letter to philemon, which is a plea to his friend. This brief letter was written by paul during his roman imprisonment described in acts 28. In it paul urges philemon to receive onesimus as a brother in christ. But now paul, writing this epistle in the prison, as many others also, herein further. Read philemon commentary using john gills exposition of the bible. One of the visitors converted under pauls teaching was a man named philemon, a slaveowner from the nearby city of colossae philemon 1. Study the bible online using commentary on philemon 1 and more. The book of philemon was written in approximately a. Letter writing seems to be a lost art these days, having given way to. A petition from one suffering for christ and his gospel would surely be tenderly.
Philemon 1 commentary matthew henry commentary on the. When paul writes that there is neither a slave nor a master class in christ, since. Paul to philemon himself, on behalf of his runaway slave, onesimus. This letter to philemon was probably written from romealthough it. The epistle of paul to philemon, known simply as philemon, is one of the books of the christian. According to the majority interpretation, paul wrote this letter on behalf of onesimus, a runaway slave who had wronged his owner philemon. According to the parallel bible commentary, apphia is believed to be philemons wife. Paul described himself as an ambassador in chains ephesians 6. The letter to philemon is the shortest of all paul s writings and deals with the practice of slavery. How to study the book of philemon philemon is one of the shortest books in the bible, but it contains a powerful lesson of leadership, discipleship and forgiveness.
Paul, the principal, who calls himself a prisoner of jesus christ, that is. Pauls epistles to the colossians, to the thessalonians, to timothy, to titus, and to philemon, richard c. For more than two years during his third missionary journey, paul ministered in asia minor among the people of ephesus. The breakdown of paul s letter to philemon in the nt. He also mentioned archippus, which means a governor or master of horses. Philemon was a slave owner who also hosted a church in his home. This is a story that includes a more than likely runaway slave, onesimus, who has come to know paul in rome, was converted by paul to the christian faith by paul, and rendered voluntary service to paul in his roman imprisonment. Lenski, 1937, augsburg fortress publishing the epistles of paul to the colossians, to philemon and to the ephesians, the moffatt new testament commentary, ernest findlay scott. Philemon 1 commentary, one of over 110 bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, originally published in four parts, is a digest of vatious readings and marginal references.
Paul wrote this letter to a certain person called philemon. Most important for understanding the urgency of pauls letter to philemon is the information that a master had. Philemon 1 commentary philemons relationship to onesimus. In the bible book that bears philemons name, paul addressed his beloved brother as a fellow worker, a title given to those who served for a time alongside paul. Paul, a prisoner of christ jesus, and timothy our brother, to philemon our beloved friend and fellow laborer, a. In this epistle, more than any other letter of the new testament, you see that the ground is level at the foot of the cross. Philemon commentary john gills exposition of the bible. How to study the book of philemon the philemon effect. Archippus is a fellow solder in gods army, and is believed to be their son. Biblical literature the letter of paul to philemon. The letter suggests that paul was in prison at the time of the writing. Book of philemon overview insight for living ministries. Study the bible online using commentary on philemon and more. Paul sends this slave onesimus, back to philemon and writes this letter for onesimus to take to philemon.499 1020 1066 441 994 754 65 1250 911 894 1261 771 511 898 1151 1383 1378 1064 208 3 922 598 764 38 171 220 1299 1044 547 157 94 711 828 1399 1108