Paul's Letter To Philemon Verses 1-7 (2 of 3) by Harley Howard

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Harley Howard

1 Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy [our]
brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and

The last time we looked at the epistle to Philemon, we
looked at the fact that Paul was a prisoner, but not
by the hands of man, but because of Jesus Christ. Even
in prison, his usability was just as effective as
ever, not hindered. It is reflected in the attitude he
displayed in 2 Tim 2:8-9.

2 Timothy 2:8-9

8 Remember that Jesus Christ of the seed of David was
raised from the dead according to my gospel:

9 Wherein I suffer trouble, as an evil doer, [even]

The word, bound, means to be chained. So no matter
what Paul’s condition, you could lock him in prison,
but the word of God would still be unchained through
Paul and many others both inside and outside the
prison walls. We saw also that Timothy was also lock
up with him as well.

We also looked at the truth concerning the kinds of
people that Paul associated with when it came to the
work of God. Paul chose the best people he could and
that showed great discernment. He called Philemon one
who is beloved, both of God and of other saints, and a
fellowlabourer. We saw some of the characteristics of
fellowlabourers and saw that the characteristics were
primarily spiritual.

If the ministry whether it be preaching or teaching or
any other aspect of God’s work is concerned, doesn’t
it make good sense to get the best people you can find
to do the work? Doesn’t it make sense to have
spiritual people in the work? If the success of such a
venture depended on your associations and helpers,
doesn’t it make good sense to get those who you
believe are of the same mind spiritually?

2 And to [our] beloved Apphia, and Archippus our
fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house:

What we know about Apphia is what we see ...

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