Posted by: trbccoffeebreak | November 9, 2021

No Longer Slaves

“With Onesimus, a faithful and beloved brother, who is one of you. They will make known to you all things which are happening here.” Colossians 4:9 (NIV)

When the apostle Paul wrote his letter to the Colossians, it was filled with fatherly love for those he had won for Christ. Like the (spiritual) father that he was, he had plenty of concern for the well-being of his offspring, giving them plenty of counsel, admonition, encouragement, and love.

In chapter 4, Paul is sending forth some people to tell the church in Colossae about all the great things that are happening in their prison ministry.  He also introduces (v. 9) a man named Onesimus, who he calls a beloved brother and “one of you.” Not much more is said about this man named Onesimus right there, but if you feel a spark of curiosity, please read the very short epistle of Philemon, located just a few pages forward, and you will find out why Paul’s love for him was a special one.

Onesimus was a slave; yes, a slave. And he belonged to Philemon. One day, however, tired of being a slave (my assumption) he ran away. He got caught and thrown in jail. While in jail, he became acquainted with Paul and heard the truth of the Gospel.  Onesimus became a brother to him in the Lord, but not just any brother, a beloved one.

As soon as Paul got the opportunity to send Onesimus back to Philemon, he did so. He wrote a letter (remember the epistle of Philemon? Check it out!) to send to Philemon through Onesimus, in which he begged Philemon to receive Onesimus back and no longer as a slave, but a brother. He even offered to pay Philemon back for anything Onesimus might owe to him. What love is this?

Does this not remind you of Jesus on the cross, paying, once and for all, the debt of our sin with His own blood? Everything we owed was paid for by Jesus. Because of that, we are no longer slaves. What timely opportunity for Paul to mention Onesimus, a former slave, actively pursuing ministry to show the world what the power of love – God’s love for us – can do!

“Dear Lord, thank You so much for loving, redeeming and setting us free.”

For His Glory

Luska Natali
TRBC Women’s Life

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