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Philemon Chapter 1:1-3

Paul, a prisoner for Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved fellow worker, and Apphia our sister and Archippus our fellow soldier, and the church in your house.

Philemon 1:1-3
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Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved friend and fellow laborer,
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to the beloved Apphia, Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house:
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Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.
  1. Who was Paul a prisoner of?
    Philemon 1:1
    Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved friend and fellow laborer,
  2. Who was Philemon to Paul?
    Philemon 1:1
    Paul, a prisoner of Christ Jesus, and Timothy our brother, To Philemon our beloved friend and fellow laborer,
  3. Who else was this letter to?
    Philemon 1:2
    to the beloved Apphia, Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house:
  4. What was in the house of Archippus?
    Philemon 1:2
    to the beloved Apphia, Archippus our fellow soldier, and to the church in your house:
  5. How does Paul greet them?
    Philemon 1:3
    Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

Philemon Chapter 1:4-7

For I have derived much joy and comfort from your love, my brother, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed through you.

Philemon 1:4-7
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I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers,
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hearing of your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints,
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that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
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For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother.
  1. What had Paul heard that he thanked God for?
    Philemon 1:4-6
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    I thank my God, making mention of you always in my prayers,
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    hearing of your love and faith which you have toward the Lord Jesus and toward all the saints,
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    that the sharing of your faith may become effective by the acknowledgment of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus.
  2. What did Paul have because of their love?
    Philemon 1:7
    For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother.
  3. What had Philemon done for the hearts of the saints?
    Philemon 1:7
    For we have great joy and consolation in your love, because the hearts of the saints have been refreshed by you, brother.

Philemon Chapter 1:8-11

I appeal to you for my child, Onesimus, whose father I became in my imprisonment.

Philemon 1:8-11
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Therefore, though I might be very bold in Christ to command you what is fitting,
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yet for love's sake I rather appeal to you; being such a one as Paul, the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ;
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I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten while in my chains,
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who once was unprofitable to you, but now is profitable to you and to me.
  1. What could Paul have been bold to do?
    Philemon 1:8
    Therefore, though I might be very bold in Christ to command you what is fitting,
  2. Why did he appeal to Philemon instead of commanding him?
    Philemon 1:9
    yet for love's sake I rather appeal to you; being such a one as Paul, the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ;
  3. Who did Paul appeal to Philemon for?
    Philemon 1:10
    I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten while in my chains,
  4. When had Onesimus been begotten (born again)?
    Philemon 1:10
    I appeal to you for my son Onesimus, whom I have begotten while in my chains,
  5. What had Onesimus been for Philemon at one time?
    Philemon 1:11
    who once was unprofitable to you, but now is profitable to you and to me.
  6. What had he become to Paul?
    Philemon 1:11
    who once was unprofitable to you, but now is profitable to you and to me.

Philemon Chapter 1:12-14

I am sending him back to you, sending my very heart. I would have been glad to keep him with me, in order that he might serve me on your behalf during my imprisonment for the gospel.

Philemon 1:12-14
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I am sending him back. You therefore receive him, that is, my own heart,
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whom I wished to keep with me, that on your behalf he might minister to me in my chains for the gospel.
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But without your consent I wanted to do nothing, that your good deed might not be by compulsion, as it were, but voluntary.
  1. What was Paul going to do with Onesimus?
    Philemon 1:12
    I am sending him back. You therefore receive him, that is, my own heart,
  2. How was Paul asking Philemon to receive him?
    Philemon 1:12
    I am sending him back. You therefore receive him, that is, my own heart,
  3. What did Paul wish to do with Onesimus?
    Philemon 1:13
    whom I wished to keep with me, that on your behalf he might minister to me in my chains for the gospel.
  4. Why did he want Onesimus to be with him?
    Philemon 1:13
    whom I wished to keep with me, that on your behalf he might minister to me in my chains for the gospel.
  5. Why did Paul want Philemon's' consent?
    Philemon 1:14
    But without your consent I wanted to do nothing, that your good deed might not be by compulsion, as it were, but voluntary.
  6. How did he want Philemon to do this good deed?
    Philemon 1:14
    But without your consent I wanted to do nothing, that your good deed might not be by compulsion, as it were, but voluntary.

Philemon Chapter 1:15-16

For this perhaps is why he was parted from you for a while, that you might have him back forever, no longer as a bondservant but more than a bondservant, as a beloved brother.

Philemon 1:15-16
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For perhaps he departed for a while for this purpose, that you might receive him forever,
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no longer as a slave but more than a slave; a beloved brother, especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.
  1. Although he had departed for a while, how long might Philemon receive Onesimus back for?
    Philemon 1:15
    For perhaps he departed for a while for this purpose, that you might receive him forever,
  2. Instead of receiving him being a slave, how might he be received back?
    Philemon 1:16
    no longer as a slave but more than a slave; a beloved brother, especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.
  3. Who would benefit by this?
    Philemon 1:16
    no longer as a slave but more than a slave; a beloved brother, especially to me but how much more to you, both in the flesh and in the Lord.

Philemon Chapter 1:17-20

So if you consider me your partner, receive him as you would receive me.

Philemon 1:17-20
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If then you count me as a partner, receive him as you would me.
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But if he has wronged you or owes anything, put that on my account.
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I, Paul, am writing with my own hand. I will repay; not to mention to you that you owe me even your own self besides.
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Yes, brother, let me have joy from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in the Lord.
  1. How did Paul appeal to Philemon?
    Philemon 1:17
    If then you count me as a partner, receive him as you would me.
  2. If Onesimus had wronged Philemon or owed him anything, what was Paul willing to do?
    Philemon 1:18-19
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    But if he has wronged you or owes anything, put that on my account.
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    I, Paul, am writing with my own hand. I will repay; not to mention to you that you owe me even your own self besides.
  3. What did Paul remind Philemon that he owed Paul?
    Philemon 1:18-19
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    But if he has wronged you or owes anything, put that on my account.
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    I, Paul, am writing with my own hand. I will repay; not to mention to you that you owe me even your own self besides.
  4. What did Paul ask Philemon to let him have?
    Philemon 1:20
    Yes, brother, let me have joy from you in the Lord; refresh my heart in the Lord.

Philemon Chapter 1:21-22

Confident of your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.

Philemon 1:21-22
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Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.
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But, meanwhile, also prepare a guest room for me, for I trust that through your prayers I shall be granted to you.
  1. What confidence did Paul have that Philemon would do?
    Philemon 1:21
    Having confidence in your obedience, I write to you, knowing that you will do even more than I say.
  2. What else did Paul ask him to do?
    Philemon 1:22
    But, meanwhile, also prepare a guest room for me, for I trust that through your prayers I shall be granted to you.

Philemon Chapter 1:23-25

Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, sends greetings to you, and so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow workers.

Philemon 1:23-25
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Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you,
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as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow laborers.
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The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.
  1. Who sent their greetings?
    Philemon 1:23-24
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    Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in Christ Jesus, greets you,
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    as do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, Luke, my fellow laborers.
  2. How did Paul close this letter?
    Philemon 1:25
    The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with your spirit. Amen.