Philemon 1-25

Last week we examined this letter through the lens of forgiveness and reconciliation. This week there is a second theme we need to explore: how all our relationships, including the master-slave relationship are re-oriented in Christ Jesus. The gospel subverts social hierarchy and relational divisions, and calls us into a grace-filled family in Christ. Paul’s concern is bigger than Onesimus’ freedom. He wants the Colossian church to be living out gospel implications in all its relationships so that even a slave is treated as a brother.