As one of a series of outstanding studies into the truth of the Word of God, this book “Colossians and Philemon” provides details of two letters that the Apostle Paul wrote. The Study Guide and New Translation from the Critical Greek Texts and Papyri are filled with the details and background of every chapter and verse regarding the authority that God has given to Christ, the mystery, and how Christians ought to interact with one-another and with our Lord Jesus Christ.
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Paul wrote this letter to Philemon, who was a holy-person (Christian) living somewhere in the area of Colosse, and to Apphia, and Archippus, and to the church in Philemon’s house. The Phrygian city of Colosse was only a few miles from Laodicea and Hierapolis.
He included reference to Onesimus who was Philemon’s slave but had left and was now spending time with Paul who taught him about the Lord Jesus Christ and being the Lord’s freeman. Paul sent this letter to Philemon via Onesimus.
This letter teaches us many things about the correct behavior and relationship between a master and his slave, both of whom are holy-people.
Paul had also written another letter to all the holy and believing brothers in Christ in Colosse and sent it via Tychicus who traveled with Onesimus (see Colossians 4:9). As with the Book of Colossians, this letter may have been written during Paul's imprisonment in Caesarea (Acts 23:33-27:2) or it may have been written about 62/63 AD when Paul was a prisoner in Rome and stayed in his hired-house (Acts 28:16-31).