(4-7) Philemon’s Love and Faith
Paul thanks God for Philemon in his prayers because of the love and faith that Philemon has toward Christ and to other Christians. This allows the sharing of his faith to be effective and also provides much joy and comfort to Paul.
(8-22) Paul’s Plea for Onesimus
Onesimus was a runaway slave who came to know Christ as his Savior while in prison with Paul. Paul now sees Onesimus as a spiritual child of his and has praise for his profitability in the ministry. Now, Paul is sending Onesimus to Philemon and urges him to accept Onesimus as a beloved brother and not as a bondservant. This is how God treats us when He accepts us into the beloved. He welcomes us as His sons and daughters, as the brothers and sisters of Jesus the Christ, and not as slaves of sin.
Favorite verse: (3) Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.