This short one-chapter book is a personal letter addressed to Philemon, whose slave, Onesimus, had run away, but whom Paul led to Christ.  Now Paul was making a way to send him back to Philemon.  The main exhortation for Philemon (and us) is to forgive others in Christ!

Here’s an outline of Philemon:

I.                    Prayer of thanksgiving for Philemon (1:1-7)

II.                  Petition of Paul for Onesimus (1:8-18)

III.                Promise of Paul to Philemon (1:19-21)

IV.                Personal matters (1:22-25)


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