Bible Society of South Africa
Xanthe Hancox

Friendship – Day 16

Aquila, Priscilla and Paul – colleagues and friends

Bible text(s)

3I send greetings to Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow-workers in the service of Christ Jesus; 4they risked their lives for me. I am grateful to them — not only I, but all the Gentile churches as well. 5Greetings also to the church that meets in their house.

Greetings to my dear friend Epaenetus, who was the first in the province of Asia to believe in Christ.

Romans 16:3-5GNBOpen in Bible reader

I love discovering people in the Bible who made a difference. Priscilla and Aquila were a couple who worked and ministered together. Paul met them when he arrived in Corinth and found them to be truly friendly companions. Like Paul, they were also tentmakers, so Paul worked and stayed with them.

Paul had just arrived from Athens where he had been alone waiting for Silas and Timothy, and distressed at a city full of idols (Acts 17:16-32). What a blessing to find such warm and loving friends and colleagues in Corinth! It is no surprise that the three of them formed an immediate bond.

It was not their secular work, however, that cemented this bond – it was the work they did together for Christ. In no time at all, it seems they became very active in Paul’s ministry. These three friends threw themselves whole-heartedly into building the church at Corinth. When he eventually left Corinth for Syria, Priscilla and Aquila went with him. Eventually they parted, but neither their friendship nor their ministry was over.

When Paul writes to Rome, he asks the Roman church to give his greetings to Aquila and Priscilla, and to the church that is meeting in their home. Together, this husband and wife team had opened their home to their brothers and sisters in Christ – a wonderful example of Christian hospitality, friendship and community.

Their friendship with Paul continued for the rest of Paul’s life. Shortly before Paul’s death, he sends a brief and hurried letter to Timothy. He has limited time, but he still tells Timothy to “Greet Priscilla and Aquila …” At the very end, he remembers those with whom he has worked and served, and become the truest of friends.

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