What light does this letter throw on Paul himself?
Is he putting into practice Col. 3:12-14?
Consider closely the appeal he makes and the arguments by which he reinforces it.
What had happened to Onesimus (whose name means ‘useful’ or profitable’) to make him start living up to his name?
Has acceptance of the Christian faith made us useful:
(a) to the person who led us to Christ, and
(b) to those who are our employers, or in a comparable position?