Epistle of Paul to Philemon

Paul introduces himself as a prisoner of Jesus Christ. Paul was under house arrest in Rome at this time.
Paul and Timothy greet Philemon as a dearly beloved fellowlabourer.
Philemon lived in Colossae.
Onesimus had been Philemon's slave. Onesimus had run away. He then met Paul. Paul taught the gospel Onesimus, who then became a Christian as well as a servant to Paul.
Paul regards Onesimus as his son (verse 10).
Paul asks Philemon to forgive Onesimus and to accept him as a fellow Christian and as a beloved brother (verses 15-16)
Paul then sent Onesimus back to Philemon. Paul offered to pay Philemon for any debts that Onesimus owed to Philemon. (verses 18-19).
Paul expresses his desire to visit Philemon after his imprisonment (verse 22).
Paul closes
[25] The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen
Onesimus represents each of us in this story. This story symbolizes the great atoning sacrifice that Jesus Christ made for us.

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