June 13, 2019
The letter to Philemon shows the Gospel’s transforming power in the lives of three men: Paul, Onesimus, and Philemon himself. Different in social class and standing, these men were nonetheless united in Christ. True reconciliation could only occur among them because of the greater reconciliation that Jesus brought. Alistair Begg calls us, as members of a church community, to welcome each other into similar fellowship, which illustrates the reconciliation all Christians enjoy.
17So if you consider me your partner, receive him as you would receive me. 18If he has wronged you at all, or owes you anything, charge that to my account. 19I, Paul, write this with my own hand: I will repay it—to say nothing of your owing me even your own self. 20Yes, brother, I want some benefit from you in the Lord. Refresh my heart in Christ.
21Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say. 22At the same time, prepare a guest room for me, for I am hoping that through your prayers I will be graciously given to you.
23Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends greetings to you, 24and so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers.
25The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit.
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