by Christina Farris
1 Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer,
2 And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house:
3 Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
4 I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers,
5 Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;
6 That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
7 For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.
8 Wherefore, though I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin thee that which is convenient,
9 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.
10 I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:
11 Which in time past was to thee unprofitable, but now profitable to thee and to me:
12 Whom I have sent again: thou therefore receive him, that is, mine own bowels:
13 Whom I would have retained with me, that in thy stead he might have ministered unto me in the bonds of the gospel:
14 But without thy mind would I do nothing; that thy benefit should not be as it were of necessity, but willingly.
15 For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever;
16 Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?
17 If thou count me therefore a partner, receive him as myself.
18 If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account;
19 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.
20 Yea, brother, let me have joy of thee in the Lord: refresh my bowels in the Lord.
21 Having confidence in thy obedience I wrote unto thee, knowing that thou wilt also do more than I say.
22 But withal prepare me also a lodging: for I trust that through your prayers I shall be given unto you.
23 There salute thee Epaphras, my fellowprisoner in Christ Jesus;
24 Marcus, Aristarchus, Demas, Lucas, my fellowlabourers.
25 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen. Onesimus in prison because he was a runaway slave and imprisoned with Paul who is in chains for the Gospel of Jesus in old age. Paul having a need to have someone to attended to his needs. Onesimus got saved while in prison because of Paul. Philemon is the one that own Onesimus and Paul just happened to know him and begins to write of how Onesimus has been helpful to him and was a now a brother in a Lord because he had gotten saved while in prison. He was requesting that he be allowed to keep Onesimus while in prison to help attend to his needs instead of being returned to Philemon.
Sometimes our running is to find Jesus. Sometimes our hardship is to find the Lord. No doubt if you been a Christian for years you heard stories of people being in prison and finding Christ. It is not unusual story. God still someone chaotic life long enough for them to learn about Jesus and teaches them to seek and to know him for theirselves. God can find you in the jail cell, He can find you in the deepest darkest place in your life and help you out. Help you to achieve great work for his glory and honor. It not the way you have to go. It be better to learn about God before imprisonment, yet we all in prison before we knew Christ. We were in a spiritual imprisonment with the judgment to hell. Yet once freedom from sin by accepting Jesus as Lord and repenting we were no longer under the death penalty for sin, only under the law of freedom through Christ Jesus.
Sometimes our darkest moments of human rebellion, is only to bring us to our knees before the throne of God. Sometimes God's grace in the storm is to bring us to the purpose and plan God has prepared for us. Onesimus was needed to be aid to Paul while in prison. Onesimus was being set free to return to Philemon. However if Philemon could be perswayed to receive Onesimus as a brother in the Lord and return him to Paul, he would appreciate it and even paying Philemon for his trouble. Onesimus would be gaining a new life because of his salvation, yet it was more then he ever hoped for.
God can change your life if you allow him too. God can give you hope in the pit, if you allow him too. God can do the impossible in your life, if you allow him too. Joseph in the Old Testament in Genesis found himself in prison being taken to see the king concerning a dream the King had. How nervous do you think Joseph was when he was asked to interupt that dream? That one dream of King change Joseph life from prison to a throne. God gave Joseph the interpretation. Joseph leaned on the God of his father in his life and found himself in good standing with whoever he served and who he was in jail with. God took Joseph from prison to the throne.
God in his wisdom takes us from a life of sin and calls us his children, through Christ Jesus and a joint heir with Jesus. He makes us equal to our brothers and sisters of faith, but not equal to Jesus for he is the Chief among his brethren. He is Lord over us, but he calls us brother and sister. Do not forget Christ was in chains as well for our salvation from sin.
Dear Heavenly Father take us from the pit of sin and transform us into the children of light for Jesus. transform us from the darkness and pit of sin and change us to be joint heirs with Jesus and brothers and sisters in faith to others in Christ. In Jesus precious name, Amen.
Continual Scripture Study:Romans 8:12-18 KJV
12 Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh.
13 For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live.
14 For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.
15 For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
16 The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.
18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.