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  • Geraint
    At what part are we in revelation
  • Debra
    What does scripture John 15:13 mean
  • Susan Ross
    what does it mean, when it is said that God will meet all our needs?
  • Peter devost
    did you ever wonder in the back of your mind why this book is in the bible? Gary stearns (prophecy today) teaches it's a picture of the useless servant coming to Christ and going back to his master as profitable. Like the body of christ going home to be used by God,
  • Jesse

    Also, I see a beautiful picture of how the book of Philemon parallels God's grace and mercy. Onesimus, being a runaway slave who had stolen from his master Philemon, and back in those days, if a slave ran away and was caught, they would be put to death. So here is Onesimus who stole from his master Philemon and ran away. But somehow he gets put into prison in Rome, and who does he run into? Paul. They didn't know each other. And so Onesimus hears Paul preaching and teaching the gospel. And Paul is ministering to him, so Onesimus receives Christ and is saved.

    And Onesimus tells Paul what he did. He stole from his master and ran away, and that's why he's in Rome. So Paul inquires as to where he's from and he says Colossae. So Paul says I've been to Colossae and I know some people from Colossae. What's the man's name? He says Philemon. And Paul says I know Philemon. He has the church in his home in Colossae.

    So it is interesting how God worked all of this. You think you can travel 1,000 miles away so you won't get caught, but God has someone waiting on the other end. How I see the parallel to our salvation is that we have sinned against God (Our master) and the wages of sin is death. But Jesus Christ paid our debt. In Philemon, Onesimus sinned against his master Philemon. But Paul writes to Philemon and says whatever he has stolen from you; whatever the debt is that he owes you, I will repay it back to you myself. What a beautiful picture of grace and mercy!
  • Cydni tacay
    what happened to the watchers
  • Jesse
    If I'm not mistaken, I think they lost weight. Please take no offense at that, as I mean none. I'm just not sure what you are asking?
  • Chris
    Jesse, good one!! Actually, in Jeremiah 4:16: apparently the watchers were Chaldean soldiers (who came from a far country) to encompass Jerusalem so that none of its inhabitants would escape. I would imagine that they might have appeared quite 'emaciated' by the time of the siege! And Daniel 4:13,17,23: "this matter is by the decree of the watchers...of the holy ones..". Here, I believe that the reference is to the angels who were ready to perform the LORD's edict for the punishment of Nebuchadnezzar, because of his elevation to divine status (vv 24,25).

    But then again, Cydni may be referring to something else since it shouldn't be of much concern what happened later on to the Chaldean soldiers or to the angels.
  • Jesse
    Thanks for sharing that Chris. I would definitely go with your answer over mine. Yours is more sincere. I hope this is what Cyndi was looking for. Either way, I was enlightened by your answer. O.T. is definitely not one of my strong areas, so there's much I can learn there, and I appreciate you sharing your knowledge.
  • Carol leaf
    Where can i find the apostles creed
  • Mishael
    Google the Apostles Creed
  • Paul Robyn Van Mierlo
    Do you have a 'word for today?
  • Lola manigault
    in 2nd peters chapter 3: verses 10 and 12 is this literal speaking or symbolic?
  • Jesse

    I would take both verses to be literal. Verse 10 is telling us that when the Lord does come and bring judgement, it's going to be a surprise to the non-believers. He will come like a "Thief in the night." But it won't be a surprise for us. Paul says in 1 Thessalonians Chapter 5 Verses 4 and 5, "But you brethren are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief."

    And Verse 12 is showing the consciousness of believers, conscious that he's coming at any moment. The "day of God" is His day of judgement. So the remainder of the verse should be taken to be literal judgement.

    But Paul goes on to say in 1 Thessalonians 5:9, "For God has not appointed us to wrath, that is, judgment, but to obtain salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. God hasn't appointed us to be judged, but rather salvation.
  • Kenneth Redden
    The Spirit of God is the Spirit of the LORD, the Spirit of Wisdom and Understanding, the Spirit of Counsel and Might, the Spirit of Knowledge and Of The Fear of the LORD.

    Praise God, Thank You!
  • Lynn
    I know that there is a God but sometimes I feel that he doesn't care about my feelings
  • Rev.Rick
    We have been already pardoned,forgiven,justified, and accepted by God, we are being refashioned and made ready to live in the presence of the wondrous Christ. It is the indwelling Christ who gives us the strength and the power to live a Christian life. ( 1 Peter 5:7 -KJV) Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
  • Mishael in 1 Peter 57
    LYNN: when I trusted Jesus it was the worst and the best day of my life. I didn't learn much in church when I was young. I heard about God and Jesus, but they didn't speak about the Holy Spirit. After a years of pain and loneliness the day of Salvation came. I received Jesus. The next morning everything looked the same but different. I did things without knowing why. Later I would find out it was the Holy Spirit. He comforted me while showing me how to be free of all the emotional pain I had lived. I started reading the Bible and haven't laid it down since. I have never known a love so deep and wide as God's love. Song of Solomon 2:16, 6:3, 7:10, I was smitten with the deepest feeling of belonging and being loved no matter what! If I made mistakes I was so afraid He'd stop loving me. It was day by day, and learning how to depend on someone to love me no matter what. Receive Jesus and his gift, Holy Spirit. You'll never walk alone again. Open the door of your heart. God cares.
  • Chris
    Hi Lynn, I'm glad that you affirm to the existence of God Almighty; so many don't & wonder why so many distresses come upon them. I don't know your concerns or your spiritual state (when I say that, I mean whether you have repented of sins, turned to God's Son who gave His Life for you & me to bring us salvation, & received His Spirit in what the Bible calls, Re-birth (Read the Gospel of John chapter 3). God does care for each of us intimately but as is often the case, we want to receive good things from Him & not respond to Him as He wants us to (in other words, most people expect God to be like a Santa Claus, a benevolent person: cheerful & giving out gifts). Your 'feelings' could include so many things; but if I could share a thought: if one really desired someone or something or may be carrying emotional pain, to Christians we firstly ask, "what is God telling me in this? To trust Him, to wait, to take the first step, to forgive or reconcile & so on? He does care for you Lynn.
  • Julie Tran
    I was a slave of philemon and apostle Paul brought me to faith in Christ is is Onesimus
  • Jesse
    I think that Philemon is a great story of brotherly love, so cool.
  • Teri
    the comments on this book are really humorous! i love this book, and it gives me insight on how to admonish someone to do the right thing in the Lord, not always received by christians. It shows the maturity of Paul and how we should try to encourage one another.
  • Donnie
    all of you do realize that none of the Historical things really have any value to us, accept to substantiate the facts that what did occur actually occurred... Other than that GOD is using HIS Son Jesus (NOT in man form) to salvage and save many humans from this terrible place called Earth...Violence runs rampant throughout many of the third world countries, and the U.S is becoming Godless...
  • Roberttacos
    There is no clear proof that Onesimus was a slave. Paul paid a debt on his behalf but that is not evidence that he indeed was a slave and was redeemed by Paul thru this payoff of a debt. The phrase "mine own bowels" could mean that Paul had an offspring.
  • Michael
    Phyllis Engebretson, The claim that Philemon, his wife, son and Onesiums were martyred is an unsubstantiated story, or "tradition," that Christian historians have disregarded because there is no evidence for it. I hope this answers your question. Blessings!
  • Cece
    I am always moved by one individual acting by faith on behalf of another.
  • A disciple
    Phyllis; The Father knows every name of every single one of His children whose souls are under the Golden Altar before His Throne. "Why we are afraid." It is an important part of Church History that we should really know, and describes a fulfillment of the Prophecy John wrote to us; and is one of the seven heads of the dragon.
  • Fred scanlan
    The prince of darkness,he is called. John through the revelation of the holy spirit shows us the war happening in heaven, even while we are in the world,we wrestle against this same darkness. Faith that grows in Christ will do his will. We should not let what others do unto us even imagined, prevent us from worshiping the name of Christ! In this we see the Grace and effectual work of God the Father. Like the apostle John, Paul reveals heavenly and worldly knowledge. The "revelation of Jesus Christ". We are sinners, and must be prepared to forgive one another. No one is above another, that we are all servants of his creation and thrive because it is his will. Thanks be to God
  • Phyllis Engebretson
    I have a question. Was Philemon, along with his wife, son, and Onesimus martyred by Androcles, governor in days of Nero?
  • Eutychus
    Songs have been written, and sermons preached on, "The life you live, is your testimony to the world." And that sentiment is expressed perfectly in verse 6, "That the communication of thy faith may become effectual by the acknowledging of every good thing which is in you in Christ Jesus." When the world around us, speaks of our holiness, Jesus, faith, grace and love are being communicated.

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