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Priscilla and Aquila in Rome
Bible Passage Romans 16: 3-5
This content is part of a series Bright Morning Reflections, in topic 2023 & books 2 Corinthians, Acts, Romans.

Priscilla and Aquila in Rome

  • Rev. Bright Mawuena Nfodzo
Date preached May 11, 2023

3 Greet Prisca and Aquila, who work with me for the Messiah Jesus,

4 and who risked their necks for my life. I am thankful to them, and so are all the churches among the gentiles.

5 Greet also the church in their house. Greet my dear friend Epaenetus, who was the first convert to the Messiah in Asia.

Paul was a caring missionary. Especially, he loved and cared about the Christians whom he worked with (2 Corinthians 11:11, 28-29). We can see this at the end of his letters when he asks the person who receives each letter to greet certain people on his behalf. He remembers people who have been kind to him in the past and recommends church leaders whom he approves of.

Many of these greetings are very personal and show us much about Paul’s attitude. They sometimes refer to events that we would otherwise know nothing about.

These greetings are still valuable for us to read. They remind us today about the love that Christians should have for each other.

Paul had not visited Rome at the time when he wrote this letter. Paul wrote most of his letters to churches that he himself had established. But the church at Rome was different.

Aquila and Priscilla (Prisca) from Rome were probably Christians before they met Paul in Corinth (Acts 18:1-3). When Cladius issued an edict banning all Jews from Rome, the couple left and met Paul at Corinth. They plied the same trade (tent-making) as Paul. So when Paul later went to Ephesus, they went with him (Acts 18:18).

Later the couple returned to Rome when the edict of Claudius ceased to be effective. Their home became a meeting place for the Church in Rome (Romans 16:3-5). Their home has always been the centre of Christian fellowship, wherever they found themselves.

Paul later reached Rome as a prisoner. Christians from Rome met him on the Appian road to go with him to Rome (Acts 28:14-16). One of the reasons Paul wrote the Romans was to prepare the people for his visit. Paul later spent two years in Rome. Although he was a prisoner, he could preach and teach (Acts 28:30-31).

We find it more fascinating and romantic that, of the six times that the names of the couple are mentioned in the New Testament, the name of Priscilla comes first in four out of the six. This is unusual but teaches how much value women can have even in marriage.

Epenetus (verse 5) probably became a Christian in Ephesus, which was the capital of the region called Asia. Perhaps it was by the work of Aquila and Priscilla. He is next to them on Paul’s list of greetings.

🔷 Every home must be a Church where Christ lives and there’s Christian fellowship

🔷 The family must have their meeting and devotions in the house as an altar unto God

🔷 We must not relent in our support for God’s people and the work of God. It will surely be remembered and rewarded

💥 Pray that you will have a home that moulds hearts
💥 Pray for a successful marriage

The doors of the home of a Christian must always be opened to receive visitors and foreigners who need them. The believer must have their doors, hands and heart open to receive all persons. Souls must be worn in homes.

In series Bright Morning Reflections