Philemon Book Analysis

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1Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our dear friend and fellow worker— The letter’s opening is friendly and personable despite the fact that Paul wrote this letter in prison. The book of Philemon, unlike some of the other Pauline epistles, was written to a specific person whom Paul appeared to be very fond of. 2also to Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier—and to the church that meets in your home: Though the letter appears to be intended for Philemon, two others are addressed by name: Archippus and Apphia. These were most likely his son and wife respectively. Their mention is unusual, but makes sense considering the personal nature of the letter. The church “that meets in your home” is also mentioned, and along with the knowledge that Philemon owned slaves, we can infer that Philemon was financially blessed and had a sizeable house.…show more content…
Paul’s customary greeting. A variation of this greeting is used in all of the Pauline epistles. (Ex. Romans 1:7, 2 Colossians 1:2, Galatians 1:3, etc…) 4I always thank my God as I remember you in my prayers, Paul prays for them (the church in Colossae), but more specifically Philemon himself, and we can see that the prayers are not of despair but rather thanksgiving. 5because I hear about your love for all his holy people and your faith in the Lord Jesus. Paul is beginning his letter with exhortation. We see here what Paul is thanking God for, Philemon’s love towards his fellow Christians and his faith in Jesus Christ. 6I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ. Paul prays that Philemon be able to more effectively share the gospel as God worked inside of Philemon. 7Your love has given me great joy and encouragement, because you, brother, have refreshed the hearts of the Lord’s
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