Introduction – Philemon

From a prison in Rome, Paul would write this letter to Philemon, probably at the same time he wrote his letter to the Colossians.  Philemon was a believer from the city of Colosse and was converted by Paul himself.  Philemon happened to be a slave owner as well…one of his slaves, Onesimus, had apparantely stolen something from Philemon and also ran away.  Under Roman law, this was an act punishable by death!  But as Onesimus escaped to Rome, he too happened to meet Paul and also became a believer.  Paul would send Onesimus back to Philemon and make an appeal for Philemon to forgive and accept Onesimus back…not only as his slave, but also his brother in Christ.