The Epistle of Paul to
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Paul's Expression of Thanksgiving 
I thank my God, making mention of thee always in my prayers, Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints; That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus. For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother. (Philemon 1:4-7 kjv)
The Epistle of Paul to PHILEMON

The Epistle to Philemon was a private letter written by Paul during his first imprisonment in Rome (A.D.62). The focus of the letter is to give a proper understanding of the Hebrew fugitive law found in Deuteronomy 23:15, 16.
It reveals how Paul acted in strict accordance with the requirements of the law in dealing with Onesimus, a slave who had run away from Philemon. First, Paul gave him shelter in his own hired house. He did not betray him as a fugitive, nor did he send word to Philemon to come to Rome to take Onesimus back.
Furthermore, Paul instructed Onesimus in the gospel, eventually leading him to a saving knowledge of Christ (Phile. 1:10). He then sent Onesimus back to Philemon as a trusted messenger and brother in Christ, bearing a request for Philemon to grant Onesimus his freedom (Phile. 1:12).
Paul did not accuse Onesimus of wrongdoing by running away from Philemon. Instead, Paul desired for Philemon to receive Onesimus back no longer as a servant, but as a beloved brother and partner in Christ (Phile. 1:15 -17).

Some suggest that Onesimus had stolen something from Philemon and had run away because he was afraid of the punishment he would receive. Paul graciously offered to Repay this and any debts that Onesimus owed to Philemon (Phile. 1:18). It is commonly
that Onesimus was received by Philemon and forgiven his debt, just as Paul had expected (Phile.1:21).
[Source for Introduction of chapter: Hebrew Greek Key Study Bible KJV edited by Spiros Zodhiates, Th.D. AMG Publishers, Chattanooga, TN 37422]

Philemon 1
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