Put That On My Account
I. Philemon: A REFRESHING SAINT.
A. His Life Godward
B. His Life Manward
II. Onesimus: A RECLAIMED SLAVE.
A. His Miserable Condition
B. His Marvelous Conversion
III. Paul: A REDEMPTIVE SOULWINNER.
A. Reconciliation: The Distance of Sin
B. Substitution: The Debt of Sin
The letter of the apostle Paul to Philemon is a gospel masterpiece. It is perhaps the most intimate and individual book of all of the books of the New Testament. The other books of the New Testament are addressed to individuals, this is the only book that is addressed to a layman in the New Testament. It is a most intimate letter. It is a most personal letter. It is, in some ways, the most moving of all of the writings of the apostle Paul. In this letter Paul is seeking to reconcile two men which he had won to faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. In this book, and in Paul's bringing of these two men together, we see how Christianity applies to social issues. I want you to keep your place in Philemon and turn over to the book of Galatians for a moment. Galatians 3:28. Here is a statement of the trans- forming power of Jesus Christ in social relationships. It says there, ''There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.''
There is the statement of the power of Jesus Christ to resolve social issues. The book of Philemon is the New Testament commentary of this Bible principle. Here we see, in the efforts of Paul to reconcile a runaway slave and his offended master, the power of Christ to transform social relationships. Also, in the book of Philemon we have an illustration of two of the most beautiful and most blessed Bible doctrines in the Christ- ian faith. In this letter we see, beautifully illustrated, what Jesus Christ does for us in the matter of the damage of sin in our personal life. The story of Philemon is a fairly familiar story. It is ...
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