Tychicus will tell you all the news about me. He is a dear brother, a faithful minister and fellow servant in the Lord. I am sending him to you for the express purpose that you may know about our circumstances and that he may encourage your hearts. He is coming with Onesimus, our faithful and dear brother, who is one of you. They will tell you everything that is happening here.
Not a great deal is obvious about Paul’s letter to Philemon, yet a few things can be gleaned by the names mentioned by Paul in his letter to the Colossian church. It would seem from the Philemon text that Onesimus is a slave belonging to Philemon who ran away from involuntary servitude and somehow ended up in Paul’s presence and came to accept grace through Jesus Christ. In our day, we might have a knee-jerk reaction against Philemon when…
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