Philemon 1



Philemon is a heartfelt letter where Paul appeals for reconciliation and forgiveness between Philemon and Onesimus, emphasizing their new relationship as brothers in Christ. The letter illustrates the transformative power of the gospel in promoting equality and unity among believers, transcending social distinctions.


  1. Greetings and Thanksgiving (Philemon 1:1-7): Paul begins the letter with greetings and expresses gratitude for Philemon's love and faith toward the Lord Jesus and all the saints. He acknowledges Philemon's partnership in the faith and commends him for refreshing the hearts of fellow believers.
  2. Appeal for Onesimus (Philemon 1:8-22): The central portion of the letter is Paul's appeal on behalf of Onesimus, Philemon's slave who had run away. Paul, who had encountered Onesimus while in prison, urges Philemon to receive Onesimus back, not as a mere slave but as a brother in Christ. Paul offers to personally take any financial responsibility for Onesimus's debts or wrongs.
  3. Confidence in Philemon's Obedience (Philemon 1:23-25): In the closing remarks, Paul mentions his hope to visit Philemon soon and sends greetings from fellow workers. He expresses confidence in Philemon's obedience and ends the letter with a benediction.