Philemon – Paul’s Letter Of Practical Christ living – Pastor Chris Onayinka

Philemon Practical Christ Living:

Philemon Practical Christ LivingPhilemon practical Christ living: Paul was a very incisive writer; his letters evoked much insights and Christ – logic

Peter acknowledged this…

2 Peter 3:15-16 KJV

[15] And account that the longsuffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him hath written unto you;

16] As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood,

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They elicit much thinking in Christ…

Ephesians 3:4 KJV

[4] Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)

Reading here is reflective reading called study.

Major themes which overwhelm his writing are the death of Christ and resurrection He taught much in Christ’s sacrifice in ALL his letters, except one.


His letter to Philemon was a letter of demand, demand for Christian living.

He prayed…

Philemon 1:6 KJV

[6] That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.

Communication means to share with others, let others benefit of you, your faith here is Christian life.

How? Acknowledge what you are to give is available in Christ, in you.

Fact is Philemon was known for loving other believers already

Philemon 1:5, 7 KJV

[5] Hearing of thy love and faith, which thou hast toward the Lord Jesus, and toward all saints;

[7] For we have great joy and consolation in thy love, because the bowels of the saints are refreshed by thee, brother.

Philemon Practical Christ Living It Is A Fact:

Hence Paul’s boldness on a matter we shall soon unfold…

Philemon 1:8 KJV

[8] Wherefore, though I might be much bold in Christ to enjoin thee that which is convenient,

Which issue?


Philemon 1:9-10 KJV

[9] Yet for love’s sake I rather beseech thee, being such an one as Paul the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ.

10] I beseech thee for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten in my bonds:

Many times, despite showing love to many in such and much fervency, there’s just one seeming “bad case “which seems difficult for us

It sticks out like a sore thumb…

Philemon 1:11 KJV

[11] (A) which in time past was to thee unprofitable…

Justified by records .., past behavior…

The original here means “unpleasant, unkind, and unfair”

Don’t we all have such?

Paul does a seeming play on words here, he uses an opposite term, yet not exactly opposite to convey a change in situation…

Philemon 1:11 KJV

[11]b)but now profitable to thee and to me:

Not “he’s now kind “, that needs to be seen, he says,” he’s now useful, available for use “.

All believers should be.

Philemon 1:15-16 KJV

[15] For perhaps he therefore departed for a season, that thou shouldest receive him for ever;

[16] Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?

He left you for a while, but you receive him, forever!

Isn’t this what we have with Jesus?

His disciples exemplified this, they ran off, denied him…

Paul Acted Like Jesus:

John 20:17 KJV

[17] Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

He received them

Matthew 28:20 KJV

[20] …lo I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.


He calls them brethren.

Paul puts this across to Philemon.

If Christ did this and we are in Him, this we do to others too.

Paul throws in the bigger gauntlet…

Philemon 1:18 KJV

[18] If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account;

Hold me responsible!

Just like Jesus.

Jesus leveraged on His relationship with God to have all our guilt on himself .

Romans 5:6-7 KJV

[6] For when we were yet without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly.

7] For scarcely for a righteous man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare to die.

It’s in his account .

2 Corinthians 5:21 KJV

[21] For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

Christ’s account, our misdeeds and sin.

He bore them for us.

Paul Is Doing Same For Onesimus:

Jesus taught this as binding and loosing in the four gospels…

Matthew 18:18 KJV

[18] Verily I say unto you, Whatsoever ye shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever ye shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

The context here is forgiveness of sins and restoring relationships..

Matthew 18:21-22 KJV

[21] Then came Peter to him, and said, Lord, how oft shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? till seven times?

22] Jesus saith unto him, I say not unto thee, Until seven times: but, Until seventy times seven.

We must ensure we bind “unforgiving attitudes” and loose “forgiveness”

The former is in us, latter is towards others…

Else, the Father will judge us for it, like in the Parable Jesus gave subsequently

Matthew 18:35 KJV

[35] So likewise shall my heavenly Father do also unto you, if ye from your hearts forgive not every one his brother their trespasses.

We shall be judged more in how we took care of other believers..

1 Corinthians 11:31 KJV

[31] For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged.

This Is About Strife And Divisions:

Which eventually causes others to die, are weak or sick…

1 Corinthians 11:30 KJV

[30] For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

We forgive because he has forgiven us…

Or we sin against Christ

1 Corinthians 8:12 KJV

[12] But when ye sin so against the brethren, and wound their weak conscience, ye sin against Christ.

Matthew 6:12 KJV

[12] And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

Better translated as “You forgive us our debts, so we forgive our debtors”

The Father is the example, not the reactor.

Paul teaches Philemon this in very practical terms.

Philemon 1:19 KJV

[19] I Paul have written it with mine own hand, I will repay it : albeit I do not say to thee how thou owest unto me even thine own self besides.

You owe me so much too.

Don’t we all owe others, actions we can’t repay .

At Least Jesus.

So who is that “Onesimus”?

It’s not enough to mouth “Christ’s sacrifice”, without mirroring same…

We all can be that “Philemon” or that “Paul” (who works hard at reconciliation)”

This is Christ in our lives not just sermons…

I call you blessed

About The Author:

Pastor Chris Segun Onayinka is a Nigerian Pastor and a profound teacher of the word of God who teaches explicitly, the gospel of Jesus Christ and the New Creation realities. A Nigerian lawyer by profession, He is the founder and senior Pastor of The Saints Community Church

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