Onesimus in Smiths Bible Dictionary
(profitable, useful), the name of the servant or slave in
whose behalf Paul wrote the Epistle to Philemon. He was a
native, or certainly an inhabitant, of Colosse. Col 4:9 (A.D.
58.) He fled from his master end escaped to Rome, where he was
led to embrace the gospel through Paul's instrumentality.
After his conversion the most happy and friendly relations
sprung up between the teacher and disciple. Whether Paul
desired his presence as a personal attendant or as a minister
of the gospel is not certain from verse 13 of the epistle.