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The Anxiety of Use: A Reading Behind Paul’s Epistle to Philemon

The Anxiety of Use: A Reading Behind Paul’s Epistle to Philemon

In verse 20 Paul argues that in order to properly participate in the ministry of the gospel Philemon should turn into a type of Onesimus. In this verse, Paul argues that he wants Philemon to become onaimen (a benefit). This is accomplished by laying aside the dictates of the law for a mandate of grace. A true Christian, Paul seems to be arguing, is defined by their love and compassion for those who are absolutely distinct from them. A Christian’s power and authority lies in their ability to identify and become like the least, the refuge, the impoverished, the imprisoned, and the oppressed. This is the final message we have from of Paul in the Bible; it is a summation of his ministry.

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