Tuesday, June 1, 2010

the end of Philemon

Paul writes a letter to Philemon, more or less requiring he forgive Onesimus as his Christian duty.  Paul gives a lot of other reasons, but he concludes with this in verse 21 "Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say."
Ignatius has a pastor named Onesimus in Ephesus who was martyred under the Emperor Trajan (AD98-117).
This would indicate that a young run-away returned, received forgiveness, and his full freedom to serve the Lord.  Philemon did much more than forgive, he freed, and because of that Onesimus went on to do great things for God.

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