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Metaphysical meaning of Onesimus (mbd)

Metaphysical meaning of Onesimus (mbd)
Onesimus, o-nes'-i-mus (Gk.)--useful; profitable; helpful.

A servant, or slave, of Philemon's. He accepted the Christ message through Paul at Rome, and returned to Philemon bearing a letter from Paul (Philem. 10; Col. 4:9)

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.)

Preceding Entry: Onan
Following Entry: Ono