Philemon 1–3 (ESV)
1 Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother,
To Philemon our beloved fellow worker 2 and Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church in your house:
3 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
This letter is addressed to Philemon, Apphia, and Archippus. It was written around AD 60 while Paul was under house arrest. I find it interesting that Paul refers to himself as “a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother.” Paul is a prisoner and this letter is about reconciliation between Philemon and his slave Onesimus. Onesimus becomes a Christian
and Paul will send him home to Philemon. This is yet to come in the readings. There are some differences between a slave and a prisoner… but not much. Paul makes it clear that he is speaking as a prisoner when he writes this
letter that will instruct Onesimus, a runaway slave, to go back to his master. We will get into this in the readings coming up.
I pray: O Lord, help me to serve you, even when behind bars. Help me to focus on
others and less on myself. Amen.