Philemon (04) - Accept Him as You Would Me
Philemon 04 (vv. 17-24)— Accept Him as You Would Me
Therefore, if you accept me as a partner (in the faith), accept him as you would me. 18 If he has done any injustice to you or owes you anything, charge it to my account. 19 I, Paul, am writing this with my own hand—I will repay what he owes to you (I will not mention what you owe to me, hahaha — your very soul). 20 Yes, brother, let me have joy from you in the Lord, refresh my very core (as you have others) in the King! 21 I have such confdence in your response and I know you will do even above and beyond what I say!
22 As you are doing this (responding to my appeal) please prepare a guest room for me because I hope that your prayers for me will result in my release and my return to you. 23 Epaphras, my fellow prisoner in King Jesus, greets you, 24 and so do Mark, Aristarchus, Demas, and Luke, my fellow laborers. The grace of the Lord Jesus the King be with your spirit. (Gregg Strawbridge translation)
Paul’s Plea for Acceptance (v. 17)
Paul’s “Plea” for Accounting (vv. 18-21)
Paul’s Plea for Acknowledgement (vv. 22-24)
Gregg Strawbridge, Ph.D., is the pastor of All Saints Church in Lancaster, PA. He became a committed follower of Jesus Christ at age 20, discipled in the context of a University Navigator Ministry. As a result of personal discipleship he went on to study at Columbia Biblical Seminary (M.A., Columbia, SC, 1990), as well as receive a Ph.D. in education and philosophy... read more