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Philemon: Reflections on Christian Maturity
The book of Philemon is but a tiny seedling among the giant Redwoods of the New Testament. But this intensely personal letter of Paul reveals the heart of the apostle. Paul’s appeal to his brother in Christ, Philemon, for the runaway slave and thief, Onesimus, is not based on his authority as an apostle, or any other credentials. He refers to himself as an “old man,” and “a prisoner.” In so doing, the great apostle provides us with a picture of what it means to be a spiritually mature follower of Jesus. Through these short reflections, Dan challenges his readers to consider the real marks of Christian maturity in their lives.