Written By: Dr. Bill Creasy
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Audiobook Summary: The 4th of Paul's so-called "Prison Epistles," this personal letter to Philemon is the shortest of Paul's writings, but it is perhaps the most self-revealing. Written from Rome during A.D. 60-62, Paul had met a runaway slave in Rome named Onesimus, owned by a man from Colossae named Philemon, an acquaintance of Paul's. Under Paul's tutelage, Onesimus had become a believer. There's only one problem: Onesimus is a runaway slave and a wanted felon. Paul writes a very personal letter to Philemon, urging him - as one believer to another - to take Onesimus back, no longer as a slave, but as a free man and a brother in Christ. This short letter displays Paul at his rhetorical best, as he cajoles Philemon into do what is right. Oh, and by the way, Paul notes that he'll be stopping by for a visit just to make sure Philemon does so!