Despite its small size, the book of Philemon is quite colossal, theologically speaking. It instructs us on forgiveness and does so in a unique and practical way. And while it does this, it gently teaches on matters of equality, fellowship, edification and more. Only 25 verses long, it packs 25 chapters worth of divine guidance for us all.
In this book, we will unpack these divinities so that we can think and behave more like our Lord, who is a forgiving God (Ex. 34:6-7). Technically, this book is called a “commentary” on Philemon; however, it has been written in a way that is unlike typical commentaries, which often read like textbooks, focus on individual passages, and have a choppy flow. The flow of this book is fluid, transitioning from point to point, like topical books do. However, in this book all of the points are posited by scripture. This is a commentary for those who don’t like commentaries.
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Beyond what I had mastered of forgiveness. Insightful and thought-provoking. Much more than I ever expected. Must read.
This is a wonderful book on the book of Philemon. It has a warmth about it for the characters in the story which brings them to life and easily lets us picture them as "people," not just names in the Bible to read about. Abshire brings Paul's apostolic motives into full view as he gently guides Philemon, in the spirit of Jesus' teachings, toward an attitude of genuine forgiveness for his runaway slave Onesimus. He also backs up every word and phrase of the book with the full throated Scripture references expected in a commentary. You'll also hear Abshire's heart here, the heart of a disciple yearning to tell the world about what he's discovered in the Gospel.