by Johnny Hunt

Three Gifts for Christmas
Johnny Hunt
Philemon 17-25
December 21, 2008

INTRODUCTION: You cannot help but see the spiritual typology (picture) in this small letter. Philemon is a picture of God the Father, Onesimus is a picture of a sinner, and Paul is a picture of Jesus. The Father has been wronged and the guilty must pay, but there is another that is willing to pay their debt.

History records another person in this story and his name is Tychicus (Col. 4:7) "will tell you all the news about me."

John 16:13-14, "However, when He, the Spirit of truth, has come, He will guide you into all truth; for He will not speak on His own authority, but whatever He hears He will speak; and He will tell you things to come. He will glorify Me, for He will take of what is Mine and declare it to you."

That represents the shadow of the Book of Philemon, now let's journey into the substance of the book. (Explain the story of this book)


Note the Gifts (Grace):


"partner" – koinonia, to have in common; a partnership, fellowship in the same business. Let's solve this problem together

"receive him" – (accept); v.12 tell him how also, "the way you treat Onesimus is the way you treat me." Paul is saying, "he is to me as my own heart."

Paul is acting as both a Mediator and an Advocate

1 Timothy 2:5, "For there is one God and one Mediator between God and men, the Man Christ Jesus"

- Mediator – priest, go-between, a bridge

1 John 2:1, "My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous."

- Advocate – lawyer – attorney, speaks on my behalf

This passage serves as a beautiful illustration of what Jesus Christ has done for us as believers. God's people are so identified with Jesus Christ that God receives us as He receives His Son. We are "accepted" (received) in the Bel ...

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