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The Book of Paul by Pastor Melissa Scott

Pastor Melissa Scott teaches us that there is a funny thing in that passage, if you read it closely, Paul says to Philemon ‘whatever he stole, it’s an IOU, I’ll make good on it.’ He also says ‘I don’t see how it could be an IOU,’ because if you look closely you’ll see Philemon was a convert of Paul. So in essence he’s saying ‘I don’t know how it could be an IOU because basically you’re indebted to me.’ By the way, Paul subsequently says to Philemon ‘He’s profitable for me now. Take him back and don’t take him back as a slave, take him back as though you are receiving me.’

We are very much like Onesimus this way. We are slaves to the flesh, we are slaves to the world, but if we can run away and get to the place where we can really hear the Gospel being preached, God’s Word and not some gimmickry, there’s hope. I’m tired of hearing people talking about seed faith and about the prosperity doctrine. Do you remember the phrase “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country”? How many remember that? Show me your hands. If we put that to God it would be “Ask not what you can do for God, but what God can do for you.” That’s the society we live in. Instead of being servants of the Living God, we want the Living God to be our servant.

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