United in love

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Written By Angelique Geeringh

Compared to Damaris or Lydia, Priscilla occupied a relatively modest niche in first-century Roman society. Together with her husband, Aquila, she ran a small business in Corinth making tents. In modern terms, Priscilla and Aquila would have been artisans or tradespeople. However, at that time in history, tent makers were most definitely crucial in meeting the needs of the day.

 After meeting and working with Paul, this Jewish couple became Christians as well as valued members of the apostle’s missionary team. Unusual for the time, Priscilla and Aquila are always mentioned together, suggesting they were equal partners in life, business, and ministry. Even more curious, Priscilla is often named first, indicating that hers was perhaps the higher-profile role within the church.

In Ephesus, the couple met an educated Alexandrian Jew named Apollos, who taught accurately about Jesus, but only up to the work of John the Baptist. Priscilla and Aquila then took Apollos aside and explained the Gospel to him more fully. It’s hard to imagine this scene as Priscilla standing off to the side while the men chatted. Given the description, it’s far more likely that Priscilla took an active role in training Apollos, preparing him to be a powerful advocate for the Gospel in Ephesus, Achaia, and beyond.

Those who are married should work towards being a united and caring team; first to each other and then, like Priscilla and Aquila, to see that their unity and love extends to all others. In this way, you can be a reflection of the scripture found in Mark 10:6-9 (NIV).

‘But at the beginning of creation God ‘made them male and female.’ ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.’ So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.’

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