Jesus once asked his disciples, “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am” (Matt 16:13)? Who was Jesus anyway? Most people of His day viewed Him as some sort of prophet (John
Most of us live hurried lives. We are hard pressed at work, at home, and at church to accomplish more than a twenty-four hour day seems to allow. The demands are overwhelming. In fact, full
I went to church service recently in which a powerful and emotional solo called “I Feel Like Moving On” was sung. The more I listened, however, the more disturbed I became by the emphasis on
“An inhabitant of Colosse, and apparently a person of some note” among the citizens (Col. 4:9; Philemon 1:2). He was brought to a knowledge of the gospel through the instrumentality of Paul “(19), and held a prominent place in the Christian community for” his piety and beneficence (4-7). He is called in the epistle a “fellow-labourer, and therefore probably held some office in” “the church at Colosse; at all events, the title denotes that he” took part in the work of spreading a knowledge of the gospel.
Was written from Rome at the same time as the epistles to the “Colossians and Ephesians, and was sent also by Onesimus. It was” addressed to Philemon and the members of his family. “It was written for the purpose of interceding for Onesimus “(q.v.), who had deserted his master Philemon and been” “unprofitable to him. Paul had found Onesimus at Rome, and had” “there been instrumental in his conversion, and now he sends him” back to his master with this letter. “This epistle has the character of a strictly private letter, and “is the only one of such epistles preserved to us. “It exhibits” the apostle in a new light. He throws off as far as possible his apostolic dignity and his fatherly authority over his converts. “He speaks simply as Christian to Christian. He speaks,” “therefore, with that peculiar grace of humility and courtesy” “which has, under the reign of Christianity, developed the spirit” “of chivalry and what is called `the character of a gentleman,'” certainly very little known in the old Greek and Roman “civilization” (Dr. Barry). (See SLAVE.)”
Definition of Philemon: “who kisses”
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