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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

A Study on the Epistle to Philemon 1

Chapter 1 2

Paul Rejoices Over the Faith and Love of Philemon; Asks

Forgiveness for Onesimus 2

APPENDIX 4

Links to Other Books Available 5


Introduction

A Study on the Epistle to Philemon

From John A. Dickson New Analytical Bible

This is a private letter, the only one of the kind written by Paul, and the

shortest of his epistles. Philemon was a resident of Colossae and was member

of the church there (Colossians 4:9). It was by Paul he was brought into the

Christian life. That Philemon was an earnest Christian appears from Paul’s

statements.

Onesimus was the slave of Philemon. In some way he had wronged his

master. He came to Rome and was brought into contact with Paul, which

resulted in his conversion. He was very helpful to Paul, who would have been

glad to retain him, but he was convinced that it was his duty to return to his

master. In this letter Paul recommends that Philemon give him a kind and

Christian reception. It is a masterpiece of Christian courtesy and intercession.

This is one of four “Prison Epistles,” the others being Ephesians,

Philippians, and Colossians. It was written at Rome during the first

imprisonment (62-63 A.D.). 


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Chapter 1

Paul Rejoices Over the Faith and Love of Philemon; Asks

Forgiveness for Onesimus

Paul opens this epistle with a salutation to his dearly beloved and fellow

laborer Philemon, in addition to others in the church meeting in one of the

homes. He continues:

I thank God by mentioning you always in my prayers for the love and faith

you have for the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints. I beseech you for my son

Onesimus, whom I have claimed for the Lord while in prison. His name

means “useful,” and although he was once useless to you, he has now become

most useful, not only to you, but also to me; so in returning him to you I am

sending a part of my heart. I would dearly love to have been able to keep him

with me, in order to serve me in your place while I am in prison for preaching

the Word of God, but I did not want to do anything without your consent.

Perhaps the reason he was separated from you for a brief period was so that

you could have him back forever, no longer as a slave but as a dear brother.

And that is what he is to me, but how much dearer to you both in the flesh,

and in the Lord.

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So if you are in fellowship with me, receive him as you would me. And if

he has wronged you, or owes you anything, put that on my account. Yes

brother, please do this favor for me in the Lord. I am trusting that you will

respond positively; I write knowing that you will indeed do more than I am

asking.

He closes his letter by mentioning that several of his co-workers were also

sending greetings.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen 


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APPENDIX


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Links to Other Books Available

by Jesse C. Jones

After the “Big Bang”

A Layman’s Commentary on the Revelation of Jesus Christ

A Man of God

Can God Be Known?

Dialogue With an Atheist

Has God Divorced America?

The Mystery of God

The Spiritual Life

Weighed in the Balances

Bible Stumbling Blocks

Note: All of the above e-books are available online and are free to
download & share via SCrosnoe on Scribd

The Path to Holiness


(paperback)
available for purchase online


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Series on Books of the Bible by Jesse C. Jones

Matthew Mark & Luke - Parables in the Gospels

John – A Study on the Gospel of John

Acts – A Study on the Acts of the Apostles

Romans – A Study on the Epistle to the Romans

I Corinthians – A Study on the First Epistle to the Corinthi-


ans

II Corinthians – A Study on the Second Epistle to the


Corinthians

Galatians – A Study on the Epistle to the Galatians

Ephesians – A Study on the Epistle to the Ephesians

Philippians - A Study on the Epistle to the Philippians

Colossians – A Study on the Epistle to the Colossians

I Thessalonians – A Study on the First Epistle to the Thes-


salonians

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II Thessalonians – A Study on the Second Epistle to the
Thessalonians
I Timothy – A Study on the First Epistle to Timothy

II Timothy – A Study on the Second Epistle to Timothy

Titus – A Study on the Epistle to Titus

Philemon – A Study on the Epistle to Philemon

Hebrews – A Study on the Book of Hebrews

James – A Study on the Book of James

I Peter – A Study on the Book of I Peter

II Peter – A Study on the Book of II Peter

I II & III John - A Study on the Three Epistles of John

Jude – A Study on the Epistle of Jude

Revelation of Jesus Christ – A Layman’s Commentary on


the Revelation of Jesus Christ


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