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Philemon 1:9 “…yet for love’s sake I rather appeal to you—being such a one as Paul, the aged, and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ…”
 
being such a one as Paul, the aged,
Paul appeals to Philemon’s love on the basis of his age and situation as a prisoner – “such a one.”  Older men could appeal to others with authority based on their age as a veteran in the cause of Christ.  Older men were considered wise and authority came from wisdom in the first century. 
and now also a prisoner of Jesus Christ
Paul’s mention of his imprisonment is an appeal to Philemon to release Onesimus so that he could help Paul in prison.  
PRINCIPLE: 
Respect for those mature in Christ is to the benefit of all who draw on their wisdom. 
APPLICATION: 
We do not respect troubadours for the cause of Christ like we should in our day.  This is to our own loss. 
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