Archive for July 2006

Philemon 1

Philemon 1:1-5 Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, to Philemon our beloved brother and fellow worker, 2 and to Apphia our sister, and to Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house: 3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. 4 I thank my God always, making mention of you in my prayers, 5 because I hear of your love, and of the faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all the saints;

Introduction to Philemon

The letter to Philemon is the shortest of Paul’s letters. Also, it is more closely related to an ordinary personal and private correspondence compared to other Pauline letters that are primarily addressed to groups. As the letters to Timothy and Titus, this letter is addressed to an individual. However, the letter to Philemon possesses a different tone (e.g. general instructions to communicators vs. an appeal to the grace orientation of an individual). Here, Paul functions as an intermediary between a master and his slave. In this regard, Paul displays sensitivity and tact when dealing with a potentially volatile situation.

Colossians 4

Colossians 4:1-6 Masters, grant to your slaves justice and fairness, knowing that you too have a Master in heaven. 2 Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; 3 praying at the same time for us as well, that God may open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; 4 in order that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak. 5 Conduct yourselves with wisdom toward outsiders, making the most of the opportunity. 6 Let your speech always be with grace, seasoned, as it were, with salt, so that you may know how you should respond to each person.