A letter asking a master to receive the runaway slave Onesimus as his own brother.


No longer a slave, but a brother
(Phil 16)
Philemon is a letter that Paul wrote to a friend named Philemon who apparently lived in Colossae. Paul was in prison at the time. There he met Onesimus, a slave who had run away from Philemon. Onesimus had come to faith in Christ, and Paul urges Philemon to receive him back not as a slave but as his own brother (v. 16).

Phlm v15-17 - A brother not a slave


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