Philemon 1-25

The Letter to Philemon is theology in action. Paul does not teach theology in this letter, but every action in it is theologically motivated. The gospel is not just a message we believe, it shapes our behaviours and relationships. It is because of the gospel that Paul appeals to Philemon to welcome and reconcile with the runaway slave Onesimus. Paul’s letter calls us to pursue gospel-motivated reconciliation and to do the hard work of forgiveness.