1 This letter is from Paul, a prisoner for preaching the Good News about Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy.
I am writing to Philemon, our beloved co-worker, 2 and to our sister Apphia, and to our fellow soldier Archippus, and to the church that meets in your[a] house.
3 May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ give you grace and peace. Philemon 1-3
This letter written to Philemon was written by the apostle Paul from prison. Paul was placed in prison for preaching about the gospel of Jesus Christ. Paul understood the depths of God’s grace because of the man he was before he came to know Christ Jesus. He knew that he was simply saved by grace and not based on anything he had done to earn salvation.
The apostle Paul list some of those who would receive and read his letter in the church that met in the home of Philemon. We must remember that when the church began there were many challenges that early believers faced and one of them was finding places to meet and fellowship. Often times these fellowships would begin in the home of someone. Paul also refers to one of the recipients as a fellow soldier. Paul knew the many challenges that he had faced in advancing God’s kingdom and that follow Christ was no easy task. Daily we find ourselves in a spiritual warzone and it is essential that we develop deep intimacy with the Lord. The greatest investment we can make is time spent in prayer and the diligent study of God’s word.
Grace and peace are only found through Jesus Christ. What distinguishing Christianity from all the other so-called religions of the world is Jesus Christ. It is through His death and resurrection alone that we find salvation. Through faith the grace of God is lavished upon our lives. As we grow in Christ our lives are filled with God’s peace and His presence. He enables and empowers us to accomplish His will. A right understanding of His word and who we are in Him is essential for us to experience all that God has for us.