Good Monday Morning to this week 10 of 2021
But above a servant, a brother beloved. Philemon 1.16
Philemon is a one page letter, the shortest book of the Bible.
Onesimus is a metaphor for us all.
This letter mainly concerns a slave named Onesimus who belonged to
Philemon and, at one time, had been rather useless; but after being with Paul and
receiving the gospel, was changed and became useful.
Here there is no Greek or Jew, circumcised or uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave or free, but Christ is all, and is in all. Forgive as the Lord forgave.
Christianity is a faith which erases ethnicity, social distinctions, employment status, etc. All are equal in Christ and must be treated as brothers and sisters.
Christ forgave us everything, and welcomed us in as equal brothers and sisters we are one in Jesus.
So this onus is for us, now that we are all “useful”.
The power of the gospel will and can transform a person from useless into useful, from someone with a slave mentality to a son and daughter, to a brother and sister in the family of God. Christ alone can work these holy transformations, changing a temporal servitude into an eternal brotherhood
And that, my friends, is why this little “book” is such an important part of our Bible.
Wishing you a good start to this week in this concept of justified equality.