Paul has changed places with Onesimus, and taken on his debt. Paul identifies with Onesimus. Jesus said "I stand at the door and knock" (Rev 3:20). He is refering to individuals. Paul portrays Jesus Christ in His victorious undertaking.
The work of Jesus Christ is grace; Paul appeals to Philemon in love and grace instead of demanding action (Phm 1:8-9). Grace is totally undeserved. You have to receive it.
By regeneration, one is transformed from a guilty sinner to a beloved son; Paul expresses that with Onesimus' new birth, he is a new creation (Phm 1:10-11, 2Co 5:17).
As children of God, we are dynamically equipped to serve Him; Onesimus is now equipped -- God transformed him and his circumstances (Phm 1:12-15; Rom 8:9-11, 1Co 12:4-7, Mar 13:34).
Spiritual growth brings a gradual transformation into the likeness of Jesus Christ (Phm 1:16-19). Paul became like Christ the mediator.
The focus of the abundant life is about giving not receiving (Phm 1:19-22). Paul wants spiritual profit, obedience and a place to stay (Rom 1:14).
Consider how much of your life the Lord has now.
Conference notes for this series can be found [HERE]
From Series: "Philemon - A Living Parable of God's Redemption - California 2011"
In Philemon 10-11 Paul writes 'I appeal to you for my son Onesimus whom I have begotten while in my chains who once was unprofitable to you but now is profitable to you and to me.' These verses highlight the theme of the letter namely redemption and reconciliation. The annual Weekend Bible Conference was held 5-7 August 2011 in Orange County California.