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Philemon 1:1-2

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Philemon 1-2 King James Version (KJV)
1 Paul, a prisoner of Jesus Christ, and Timothy our brother, unto Philemon our dearly beloved, and fellowlabourer,

2 And to our beloved Apphia, and Archippus our fellowsoldier, and to the church in thy house:


Philemon 1-2 Good News Translation (GNT)


1 From Paul, a prisoner for the sake of Christ Jesus, and from our brother Timothy—

To our friend and fellow worker Philemon, 2 and the church that meets in your house, and our sister Apphia, and our fellow soldier Archippus:



Good News Translation (GNT) Copyright © 1992 by American Bible Society


These are my thoughts, please share yours.


1 Timothy wasn’t Paul’s actually brother but they had such a close fellowship with each other. Paul was a bond slave for Jesus but now he was a prisoner because of sharing Jesus. Paul had rights that allowed him to write letter as a Roman citizen while he was a prisoner. Paul helped Timothy to the faith and a close friendship/ mentorship started out of that. Philemon was helping not just Paul but Timothy and the work of the Lord because of him helping them.


2 Apphia was from Colossae and was a believer there and may have been closely related to Philemon. Archippus was a minister at Colossae. It may be likely that the church used Philemon’s house to meet.
 
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There is such a comfort in the Body of Christ when our fellowship/interaction is seen as family, regardless of the work they do for the furtherance of the Kingdom of God!

Thanks for your sharing your thoughts.

With the Love of Christ Jesus.
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I like how kjv translates as not just ' friend' but calls Philemon 'dearly beloved'

This is what God our Father calls Jesus 'my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased'

Beloved!
 
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I like how kjv translates as not just ' friend' but calls Philemon 'dearly beloved'

This is what God our Father calls Jesus 'my beloved son, in whom I am well pleased'

Beloved!
Amen, sister. :) A subtle difference, but ''dearly beloved'' denotes a closer, more familial relationship than does ''friend.'' Also, in 1 Tim 1:2 (KJV) Paul calls Timothy "my own son in the faith."

I've often said I have more in common with my Christian family than the family of my birth....
 

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