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Text: Philemon 1-25 Verse 18
A. We might very well call this little book in the Bible, “A Drama of Salvation”.
B .A more dramatic type of salvation than we see here cannot be found.
C. There are three characters involved in the story:
- Philemon, a great business man who lived in Colosse. He was a Christian, a convert of Paul, his house was used for the church, where services were held.
- Onesimus, a servant, slave, hired hand who belonged to
- Paul, the missionary
D. Using these three men as types we see:
- Philemon a type of God
- Onesimus a type of the sinner
- Paul a type of Jesus
I. ONESIMUS THE RUNAWAY
A. He no longer wanted to be under the authority of Philemon
- Sinful man does not want to be under the authority of God
- If there is such a doctrine that sinful man hates more than others it would be this—the Soverignty of God is above all, and man is responsible to Him.
- People are in danger of being hurt, even killed, for telling someone, “You are responsible to God”.
- People become angry at the slighest sugestion that we owe God any and every thing: Time, money, respect,
- All the rebellion we see going on in the world today is due to the fact that people want out from under the rule of God (Ps.2:1-2)
- We have taken God out of the schools, and colleges, and other places of learning.
- We have removed the ten commandments from many places. People are being killed for standing up for their belief in God.
B. Not only had he ran from Philernon, but he stole from him.
- We, like Onesimus , have stolen from God. We have stolen time, talent, money–since everything belongs to God, we can truthfully say we have stolen from Him (Ps. 24:1; 50:10-12).
II. ONESIMUS IN ROME
A. When one runs from God he/she usually winds up as far away from Him as possible:
- Jonah headed for Tarshish
- Lot went to Sodom.
- The prodigal Son went to the far country and wound up feeding hogs.
B. In Rome he was hid out from Philemon
III. ONESIMUS' ENCOUNTER WITH PAUL
- Paul led him to Christ. He not only met Paul, but he met Jesus and became a Christian.
- Paul told him to go back home to Jesus tells us to go home to God.
IV. PAUL STANDS GOOD FOR ONESIMUS (V 18)
- Paul paid for the crimes of Jesus assumed our sin debt (lsa.53:4-6).
- The case of Barabbas—Jesus died on the cross that should have been for Barabbas. He took our place also.
V. SOME THINGS THAT WON'T BE IN HEAVEN (Rev.21 :4).
V WHEN WE ALL GET HOME WE'LL ALL HAVE THE SAME STORY TO TELL, AND THE SAME SONG TO SING (Rev.5:9