In reading the book of  Philemon in the New Testament, which is only one short chapter I came across some notes I had taken on it years back. It is one or Paul's prison letters.  Philemon, a Christian at Colosse, had a slave named Onesimus.  He had robbed his master and fled Rome. There, he came across Paul and was converted. (God has ways to get our attention.)


He must have told Paul what he had done to his Master.  Paul counseled him, and no doubt, told him he would have to go back to Philemon and make restitution.  So Paul writes a letter on Onesimus' behalf. Paul is interceding on his behalf. 

In verse 17 he asks Philemon to "Receive him as myself. If he hath wronged thee or oweth thee anything, put it on my account." In another place "I beseech thee for my son, Onesimus whom I have begotten in my bonds."  He was unprofitable in the past but he has had a change of heart and now Paul knew he would be profitable to Philemon as he had been to Paul. Paul would have liked to keep him but knew that he belonged to another.

1. We are God's property, as was Onesimus the property of Philemon.
2. We robbed God, and ran away, but our Apostle and High Priest, found us, transformed us and brought us back to to our Master (Jesus Christ) whom He, to God, the Father, besought to receive us as Himself.
3. God charged all our debts up to the account of Jesus Christ and we were free.
4. We wronged Him, and went out to hide from His presence in the crowd, but the Holy Spirit apprehended us.
5. The Roman law had a provision that a slave might become free so he could be adopted and freed.

We were born in sin and enslaved to Satan, but Jesus Christ with His shed Blood, freed us so we could be adopted into the family of God.

 Read this book and compare:
Philemon - The Father
Onesimus - slave or sinner
Paul, the intercessor (Christ)

Aliene,  Meditations and Memories

We hope you enjoy this post from the archives, originally posted in May, 2012


  1. Fabulous! Thank you. I don't think I'll ever look at this little book in the same way again. :)

  2. I love this little New Testament post card -- and I read somewhere recently that one of the reasons it is thought to have survived is that Onesimus, according to church tradition anyway, became a bishop in the early church. I hope it's true, because what a testimony of God's redemptive power!

  3. It sure is, Michele. Thanks for visiting.


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