useful, a slave who, after robbing his master Philemon (q.v.) at Colosse, fled to Rome, where he was converted by the apostle Paul, who sent him back to his master with the epistle which bears his name. In it he beseeches Philemon to receive his slave as a "faithful and beloved brother." Paul offers to pay to Philemon anything his slave had taken, and to bear the wrong he had done him. He was accompanied on his return by Tychicus, the bearer of the Epistle to the Colossians (Philemon 1:16, 18). The story of this fugitive Colossian slave is a remarkable evidence of the freedom of access to the prisoner which was granted to all, and "a beautiful illustration both of the character of St. Paul and the transfiguring power and righteous principles of the gospel."
Secundus sends very many and perpetual greetings to onesimus.
St. Paul writes that the servant onesimus, who had been unprofitable to Philemon in times past, would now be profitable to him.
onesimus, to his owner, with a letter of apology and supplication.
onesimus had broken these commandments when he fled from his master.
When onesimus returned to his cell that night he was a changed being.
He tells not his "son onesimus" that he is under no moral obligation to return to his master.
You here alone with onesimus in the vine-walk, at the lonely noon!
St. Paul was claimed as a supporter of the fugitive slave law on the strength of his dealings of onesimus.
I reproached you not, Acte, said onesimus, if I must call you by your new name.
The children of onesimus and Junia owed much to her kindly nurture and teaching.