Sunday, July 10, 2011
“Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus: who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles” (Romans 16:3,4 KJV).
In Acts 18:1-3, during his second missionary journey, the Apostle Paul came to Corinth for the first time. It was here that he met Aquila and Priscilla, a Jewish husband and his Jewess wife who recently emigrated from Rome. Like Paul, they were tentmakers by craft, so the Apostle lodged with them. During that time spent with Paul, Aquila and Priscilla came to trust in the Lord Jesus Christ as their personal Saviour.
From subsequent verses, we learn that Aquila and Priscilla became a husband-wife ministry team, laboring alongside Paul in the Gospel (Acts 18:18). Finally, Paul left them at Ephesus. There in Ephesus, Aquila and Priscilla met Apollos, a Jew who was not using the Bible correctly. The Bible says they explained God’s way “more perfectly” to Apollos (Acts 18:24-26).
When writing to the Corinthians, in the A.D. mid-50s, Paul penned, “Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house” (1 Corinthians 16:19). Aquila and Priscilla’s house served as the meeting place for a local Christian assembly! Suddenly, the Bible is silent about them for many years.
By the time Paul writes his final epistle, 2 Timothy, circa A.D. 66-68, Aquila and Priscilla have been saved for approximately ten years. Thankfully, they are some of the few Christians who have not abandoned Paul. Just before dying, Paul writes, “Salute Prisca and Aquila…” (2 Timothy 4:19).
In today’s Scripture, Aquila and Priscilla are noted for risking their lives for the Apostle Paul. Precisely what they did is unknown, but let us always be willing to risk our lives in order to preserve the lives of our Christian brethren. After all, if Christ laid down His life for us, surely we can lay down our lives for others, especially for those in Christ.
Aquila and Priscilla, two saints of mighty deeds!