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Bill's blog: In it, Not of it - A New Me

Posted by donna on March 4, 2020

One of my favorite New Testament letters also happens to be one of the shortest. The Apostle Paul’s letter to Philemon tells the story of an escaped slave, Onesimus, who is encouraged to return to his master, no longer as a slave, but as a brother.

onesimus.pngThe apostle Paul writes to Philemon; “I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I became in my imprisonment ... For this perhaps is why he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back forever, no longer as a bondservant but as more than a bondservant, as a beloved brother” (Philemon vs. 10, 15-16).     

How can this be? What had changed? It was the transforming power of the Gospel in the life of Onesimus. It was seen in both the inward and outward standing of who Onesimus was, and who he now is. That same Gospel’s transforming power that also redeems us and now works in us, through the Holy Spirit to conform us to Christ.

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