It’s remarkable that a letter written 2000 years ago, with seemingly no relevance in my life (I don’t own a slave) can still speak to me! That proves, to me, that every letter in the New Testament is the inspired Word of God!
This verse stood out to me today:
“I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.” (vs.6)
Paul says that Philemon has a faith in Jesus, and loves the saints. So, Phil is doing a pretty darn good job in his Christian walk, don’t ya think?!
Yet, Paul implies there is always more “maturing” to do in one’s faith; “so that you will have a full understanding” is a reference to spiritual maturity. (bibleref.com)
Phil and his church are not the only one’s Paul says this to. He also tells the church in Ephesus something very similar. The Christian walk starts with faith, deepens in love and then grows in knowledge (Eph. 3:16-17) To the Philippians he says, he too is still learning and pressing on toward the goal, “to take hold of that which Christ Jesus took hold of me.” (Phil 3:12)
I found it really interesting how Paul says when you share your faith you grow in knowledge. That reminds me of the saying, “When one teaches, two learn.”
In my medical world, they say, “Nurses are lifelong learners” I like that! It’s true for me, I always want to be learning. However, there is another saying in the medical world, “See one, do one, teach one.” You can’t just learn theory, you have to put what you learn into practice to fully know it.
So the above verse is like Paul telling me, “You gotta do the last step in the “See one, do one” saying; “teach one” in order to fully understand the good thing we have in Christ.