“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. Likewise greet the church that is in their house.” (Romans 16:3–5, KJV 1900)
Certain godly couples just stand out in our lives. I have had many of them. Many of them played a significant role in my call to ministry. To some of these couples, I had the privilege of pouring into them, discipling them and seeing them mature in Christ. Each of these couples were a blessing to me.
The Lord brought many couples into Paul’s life. He asked the recipients of this letter to greet them. Yet, one of these couples stands out, Priscilla and Aquila. We know a bit more about them than the others mentioned. This couple partnered with Paul in in an exemplary way.
Priscilla and Aquila were believers in Jesus as their Messiah. They had lived in Rome, but were expelled in 49 AD by the decree of Claudius that banished all Jews from Rome. From there they went to Corinth where they met Paul who was on his second missionary journey. There Paul lived with them and worked with them as a tent maker. They were instrumental in providing for Paul in his mission.
When they came to faith is not clearly understood from Scripture. However, it would appear that they became believers prior to their meeting Paul, for the Scriptures do not mention their conversion under his ministry. Yet, it seems that during their time together, Paul must have discipled them with a deeper knowledge of the truth
Later on, they accompanied Paul to Ephesus. There they met a man named Apollos whom they heard speaking of Jesus in the synagogue. However, hearing what he said, they realized he needed deeper instruction in the way of God. So, they took him aside and instructed him more fully about Jesus. He became a powerful contender for the faith, refuting the Jews and proving from the Scripture that Jesus was their Messiah.
Priscilla and Aquila remained in Ephesus when Paul departed to continue his missionary endeavor. There they opened up their house for a church to meet. We also know from this passage, that when they returned to Rome, again they opened up their house to be a meeting place for the church. They had started two house churches that we know of.
In the letter to the Romans, we learn about this couple’s commitment to the mission. Paul says they risked their necks for him. Their partnership in the ministry had risk and a cost associated with it. But along with this came great reward. Paul goes on to say he and all the churches of the Gentiles give thanks for them as well. This one godly couple worked sacrificially and made a significant contribution in the propagation of the gospel.
All Christian couples have the same opportunity to impact the world. The question is not ability, but one of desire. All couples can join in one heart to serve the Lord together. Moreover, every believer can do this also.