Metaphysical meaning of Onesimus (mbd)
Onesimus, o-nes'-i-mus (Gk.)--useful; profitable; helpful.
Meta. Onesimus was a slave who had escaped from his master and was protected by Paul. His name in the Greek means profitable, useful, helpful. The significance here is that the industry, usefulness, and activity of man are hampered by his slavery to ignorance and error. (See PHILEMON.)