Beginning in the book of Acts the Bible tells us the story of a man and a woman who became husband and wife and served the Lord together alongside Paul, Peter, Junia and many others. Their story begins, for us, in Acts chapter 18,
“After these things he [Paul] left Athens and went to Corinth. And he found a Jew named Aquila, a native of Pontus, having recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to leave Rome. He came to them, and because he was of the same trade [tent making] he stayed with them and they were working, for by trade they were tent makers.”
Paul spent his time in Corinth reasoning in synagogue and persuading both Jews and Greeks in regards to the gospel. When Paul left, he took Priscilla and Aquila with him to Ephesus and left them there to minister while he continued to travel. Our couple’s story continues in Ephesus with the arrival of Apollos. Apollos begins preaching passionately but without full understanding, scripture says, and when Priscilla and Aquila hear him, they pull him aside to give him the gospel “more accurately” the scripture says (Acts 18:24-26).
(the journey from Corinth to Ephesus)
Priscilla and her husband continue on in ministry and we hear of them again in Paul’s letters Corinth, Timothy and the church in Rome in his greetings, and it is from these letters that we can understand more about this couple’s ministry. They run a church in their household (Rom 16:5, Cor 16:19), Romans 16:3-4 tells us that they risked their lives to save Paul’s life and in return he gives them thanks on behalf of all of the churches of the Gentiles, and they are greeted again in 2 Tim 4:19. In short, Priscilla and Aquila are close friends with Paul, sharers of the burden of the gospel, fellow ministers, missionaries and ALWAYS they are addressed together in the same capacity.
Priscilla speaks. My proposition is simple. Is one of Christianities most honored couples of the New Testament living in sin, or have we misunderstood God’s purpose for men and women on a deeper level? What does this mean for Christian couples in ministry today?
(to be continued)…