This site will feature Bible-based articles some days, silly posts and quotes at least twice a week and facts about Jack the Ripper-to begin with.

These are my notes on this class on Philemon:

Paul                                                                            Philemon                                                                                           Onesimus

Prisoner                                                                     Slave owner                                                                                      Slave

Roman citizen                                                          Wealthy                                                                                             Runaway (criminal)

Trained, educated                                                   Highly regarded + influential                                                      Indebted

Rabbi                                                                          In community he had some position                                          Changed

Single                                                                         Gentile

Up, then down in society

Paul looks at Onesimus as his equal to Philemon.  A Jewish rabbi is telling a Gentile what to do.  A runaway is going back.

Why and how the gospel changes relationships

II Cor. 5:16-17-“We recognize no man in flesh…if any man in Christ, he is new  creature, old things passed away; new things have come.”

Once a Christian, we see people differently.

Gal.3:26-29-Race, economic standing, gender are all the same in Christ.

Col. 3:8-11-“But now you also, put them all aside; anger, wrath, malice, slander, and abusive speech from your mouth.  Do not lie to one another, since you laid aside the old self with its evil practices, and have put on the new self who is being renewed to a true knowledge according to the image of the One who created him–“

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