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The People of the Kingdom

(Category 15 of 16)

Watch our Read Scripture video on the book of Philemon, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. There is one Read Scripture video dedicated to the book of Philemon, which aims to help you see its unique contribution to the story of Jesus, but also how it works within the Bible’s overall framework.

In this letter, Paul helps his friend Philemon to reconcile with his escaped former slave Onesimus and shows that they are equals because of Jesus.

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The Epistle of Paul the Apostle to


DOES Christian brotherly love really work, even in situations of extraordinary
tension and difficulty? Will it work, for example, between a prominent slave
owner and one of his runaway slaves? Paul has no doubt! He writes a “postcard”
to Philemon, his beloved brother and fellow worker, on behalf of Onesimus—a
deserter, thief, and formerly worthless slave, but now Philemon’s brother in
Christ. With much tact and tenderness, Paul asks Philemon to receive Onesimus
back with the same gentleness with which he would receive Paul himself. Any
debt Onesimus owes, Paul promises to make good. Knowing Philemon, Paul is
confident that brotherly love and forgiveness will carry the day.
Since this letter is addressed to Philemon in verse 1, it becomes know as Pros
Philemona, “To Philemon.” Like First and Second Timothy and Titus, it is
addressed to an individual, but unlike the Pastoral Epistles, Philemon is also
addressed to a family and a church (v. 2).



1 PAUL, a aprisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother,

To Philemon our beloved friend and fellow laborer,
2 to 1the beloved Apphia, aArchippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house:

3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philemon’s Love and Faith

4 aI thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers,

CHAPTER 1 References

1 aEph. 3:1
2 aCol. 4:17
1NU our sister
4 a2 Thess. 1:3
5 aCol. 1:4
6 aPhil. 1:9
b[1 Thess. 5:18] 1NU, M us
7 1NU had 2M
3comfort 4Lit.
inward parts,
heart, liver,
and lungs

5 ahearing of your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints,
6 that the sharing of your faith may become effective aby the acknowledgment of bevery good thing which is in 1you in Christ Jesus.
7 For we 1have great 2joy and 3consolation in your love, because the 4hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother.

The Plea for Onesimus

8 Therefore, though I might be very bold in Christ to command you what is fitting,
9 yet for love’s sake I rather

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appeal to you—being such a one as Paul, the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ—
10 I appeal to you for my son aOnesimus, whom I have begotten while in my chains,
11 who once was unprofitable to you, but now is profitable to you and to me.
12 I am sending him 1back. You therefore receive him, that is, my own 2heart,
13 whom I wished to keep with me, that on your behalf he might minister to me in my chains for the gospel.
14 But without your consent I wanted to do nothing, athat your good deed might not be by compulsion, as it were, but voluntary.
15 For perhaps he departed for a while for this purpose, that you might receive him forever,
16 no longer as a slave but more than a slave—a beloved brother, especially to me but how much more to you, both in the aflesh and in the Lord.

10 aCol. 4:9
12 1NU back
to you in person,
that is,
my own
heart, 2See
v. 7.
14 a2 Cor. 9:7
16 aCol. 3:22
19 a1 Cor.
21 a2 Cor. 7:16
22 aPhil. 1:25;
2:24 b2 Cor.
23 aCol. 1:7;
24 aActs 12:12,
25; 15:37–39
bActs 19:29;
27:2 cCol. 4:14
d2 Tim. 4:11
25 a2 Tim. 4:22

Philemon’s Obedience Encouraged

17 If then you count me as a partner, receive him as you would me.
18 But if he has wronged you or owes anything, put that on my account.
19 I, Paul, am writing with my own ahand. I will repay—not to mention to you that you owe me even your own self besides.
20 Yes, brother, let me have joy from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in the Lord.
21 aHaving confidence in your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.
22 But, meanwhile, also prepare a guest room for me, for aI trust that bthrough your prayers I shall be granted to you.


23 aEpaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you,
24 as do aMark, bAristarchus, cDemas, dLuke, my fellow laborers.
25 aThe grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.

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The King of Glory and His Kingdom

A Psalm of David.

1 THE aearth is the LORD’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein.
2 For He has afounded it upon the seas, And established it upon the 1waters.

3 aWho may ascend into the hill of the LORD? Or who may stand in His holy place?
4 He who has aclean hands and ba pure heart, Who has not lifted up his soul to an idol, Nor csworn deceitfully.

PSALM 24 References

1 a1 Cor.
10:26, 28
2 aPs. 89:11
1Lit. rivers
3 aPs. 15:1–5
4 a[Job 17:9];
Ps. 26:6 bPs.
51:10; 73:1;
[Matt. 5:8] cPs. 15:4
6 aPs. 27:4, 8
7 aPs. 118:20;
Is. 26:2 bPs.
29:2, 9; 97:6;
Hag. 2:7; Acts
7:2; [1 Cor.
2:8] 8 aRev.

5 He shall receive blessing from the LORD, And righteousness from the God of his salvation.
6 This is Jacob, the generation of those who aseek Him, Who seek Your face. Selah

7 aLift up your heads, O you gates! And be lifted up, you everlasting doors! bAnd the King of glory shall come in.
8 Who is this King of glory? The LORD strong and mighty, The LORD mighty in abattle.
9 Lift up your heads, O you gates! Lift up, you everlasting doors! And the King of glory shall come in.
10 Who is this King of glory? The LORD of hosts, He is the King of glory. Selah




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