Lesser known characters :: Aquila and Priscilla


Little is shared about this couple, Aquila and Priscilla, in the Bible but what is shared is voluminous about their Christian faith and life. Aquila, a Jew and Priscilla his wife were tent makers by profession, and when Paul left Athens and came to Corinth, he came and resided in their house, since they shared the same occupation of tent making (Acts 18:1-3). But what is said of Aquila of Priscilla is not just that they were a hospitable couple, but that they opened their house not only for God’s preachers, but to God’s people (both Jew and Gentile) as well. A church met in their home (1 Corinthians  16:9) and Paul refers to them as his helpers in Christ Jesus (Romans 16:3). Paul appreciates how Aquila and Priscilla put their very neck in danger for his life and writes that not only is he thankful to them, but that all the Gentile churches are very thankful as well.

What can we learn from Aquila and Priscilla?
We must be willing to open our homes to God’s preachers and people, so that God can make His home/tent (tabernacle) in the hearts of the people. We must be helpers of God’s men and women, willing to put our very necks in danger so that the ministry of God through his people and churches can continue.

Acts 18:1-3 (KJV)
1 After these things Paul departed from Athens, and came to Corinth;
2 And found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, lately come from Italy, with his wife Priscilla; (because that Claudius had commanded all Jews to depart from Rome:) and came unto them.
3 And because he was of the same craft, he abode with them, and wrought: for by their occupation they were tentmakers.

1 Corinthians 16:9 (KJV)
19 The churches of Asia salute you. Aquila and Priscilla salute you much in the Lord, with the church that is in their house.

Romans 16:3-5a (KJV)
3 Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus:
4 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.
5a Likewise greet the church that is in their house.

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