“Not now as a servant, but above a servant, a brother beloved, specially to me, but how much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord?”
King James Version (KJV)
1:16 In the flesh - As a dutiful servant. In the Lord - As a fellow - Christian.
Phm 1:16 Not now as a servant. His relation is changed. But above a servant, a brother. He is more than a servant, a Christian brother, "beloved, especially to me". See Phm 1:12. How much more unto thee, both in the flesh, and in the Lord. He has both temporal, fleshly relations to thee (those of master and servant), and besides is your brother in Christ. Both these ties ought to bind him to you. The gospel held Christian masters responsible for both the moral and the physical welfare of their servants.