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The greatest apologetic Pt. 1

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-Philemon’s life speaks to his faith and commitment.
Thus we find numerous echoes of verses 4–7 in the rest of the letter: ‘love’ in verses 5, 9; ‘fellowship’ (i.e. the koinōnia root) in verses 6, 17; ‘good’ in verses 6, 14; ‘heart’ (splangchna, literally ‘entrails’, ‘bowels’) in verses 7, 12 and 20; ‘refresh’ in verses 7, 20 and ‘brother’ also in verses 7, 20. All of these lead us to expect that the prayer Paul records in verses 4–7 will be the basis for the appeal of verses 8–20, and so it proves to be.
Thus we find numerous echoes of verses 4–7 in the rest of the letter: ‘love’ in verses 5, 9; ‘fellowship’ (i.e. the koinōnia root) in verses 6, 17; ‘good’ in verses 6, 14; ‘heart’ (splangchna, literally ‘entrails
Wright, N. T. (1986). Colossians and Philemon: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 12, p. 179). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Paul demonstrates humility before calling Philemon and his household to do the same.Paul demonstrates humility before calling Philemon and his household to do the same.

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Paul demonstrates humility before calling Philemon and his household to do the same.
Wright, N. T. (1986). Colossians and Philemon: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 12, p. 179). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press
.- Paul demonstrates humility before calling Philemon and his household to do the same.
-Philemon’s life speaks to his faith and commitment.
- Paul demonstrates humility before calling Philemon and his household to do the same.
- v1 Nowhere else does Paul open a letter by referring to himself as a prisoner of Christ Jesus. Putting aside the mention of rank (‘apostle’, ; see vv. 8–9) or task (‘servant’, ), he faces Philemon with his current imprisonment, which will form a sub-theme of the whole letter
Wright, N. T. (1986). Colossians and Philemon: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 12, p. 176). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
—> Paul, an apostle, is referring to Philemon as “brother,” and “fellow worker.”
If Onesimus is to be welcomed back, it must be by the entire household
- v 2 If Onesimus is to be welcomed back, it must be by the entire household
Wright, N. T. (1986). Colossians and Philemon: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 12, p. 177). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
-part of the reason for Paul’s appeals for unity may stem from the risk of fragmentation thus created. Here his main concern is for the internal unity of Philemon’s house-church as its members contemplate the return, as a brother in Christ, of a slave about whom they had at the very least mixed feelings.
part of the reason for Paul’s appeals for unity may stem from the risk of fragmentation thus created. Here his main concern is for the internal unity of Philemon’s house-church as its members contemplate the return, as a brother in Christ, of a slave about whom they had at the very least mixed feelings.
Wright, N. T. (1986). Colossians and Philemon: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 12, p. 177). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.
- part of the reason for Paul’s appeals for unity may stem from the risk of fragmentation thus created. Here his main concern is for the internal unity of Philemon’s house-church as its members contemplate the return, as a brother in Christ, of a slave about whom they had at the very least mixed feelings.
- part of the reason for Paul’s appeals for unity may stem from the risk of fragmentation thus created. Here his main concern is for the internal unity of Philemon’s house-church as its members contemplate the return, as a brother in Christ, of a slave about whom they had at the very least mixed feelings.
Wright, N. T. (1986). Colossians and Philemon: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 12, p. 177). Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

To meet this (and every) challenge to their faith and love, Philemon and his household will require more than merely human qualities

v 3 To meet this (and every) challenge to their faith and love, Philemon and his household will require more than merely human qualities.
Jesus prayed for unity because it points people to the Father’s love
Wright, N. T. (1986). Colossians and Philemon: an introduction and commentary (Vol. 12, p. 178)Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press.

Jesus prayed for unity because it points people to the Father’s love

“I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.”
John 17:23 “I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.”
“I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.”

:23English Standard Version (ESV)

“I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.”

“I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.”

“I in them and you in me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that you sent me and loved them even as you loved me.”
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