Lakeland Community Church

Philemon (2 of 3): Power In the World (While Not OF the World)

October 11, 2015
Focusing on verse six of Paul's letter to Philemon, we grasp the idea that because of Paul, Philemon, and Onesimus' shared "mutual participation" in the cross of Christ, Philemon is compelled to receive back Onesimus as a brother rather than as a slave. Hebrews 9:21-22 states that without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness. Forgiveness is Christ's work upon the cross. Therefore, no Christian can "rob" Christ of his sacrifice and judge another: one cannot act in the place of Christ and withhold forgiveness. This pertains to our life, for instance, Christians cannot ignore the poor, voiceless, helpless, and foreigner IF they are covered by the blood of Jesus. Our mind must be the same as Jesus' - there is no option. This is the theological understanding of verse six, which translators have had difficulty conveying the confusing Greek syntax of Paul in that verse.
Tag: Philemon, Compassion