Sunday School Lesson 827 Paul Answers for Onesimus Sin Christ the Substitute / Debt Owing / Price Pa

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Lesson: 827 Lesson Name: Paul Answers for Onesimus Sin
Theme: Christ the Substitute / Debt Owing / Price Paid

Reading: Philemon 1-25

Memroy Verse: Philemon 18
Memory Verse Text: If he hath wronged thee, or oweth thee ought, put that on mine account.

Attention Getter:

Point 1: Paul has been a prisoner in Rome. Yet with a certain amount of freedom. He now writes to his fellow and friend Philemon, in Colosse, with a mission on his heart. After greetings and genuine encouragement for his friend and others, he comes to the main purpose of writing.
Point 2: Onesimus was a slave to Philemon, but robbed his master & run away. Paul asks that the punishment due to the runaway be elimated for the guilty one. Paul sends him back (now saved and dear) knowing that Philemon has the right to do what the law demands to the delinquent - but expecting that mercy will be shown.
Point 3: Paul gives Philemon every reason to show this grace as he is willing to pay the whole price himself. Nevertheless, Onesimus had to go by himself (no one else could go for him!) Onesimus had to cast himself on the mercy of the one he'd offended. But thank God, Onesimus could claim that there was another who was the guarantor of payment in full.
Point 4: Note the confidence Paul had as he attempted this reconciliation in v21. He knew the man who had been offended and he knew he would do even more than Paul sought for. How like the One we've offended. 'To God be the glory - great things He hath done' etc.