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Priscilla and Aquila: Couple of Purity
By Sarah Komisky
The Golden Globes. Grammys. The Academy Awards and everything in between. With award show season in full swing, power couples are all the rage. This year, Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake as well as John Legend and Chrissy Teigen got a lot of red carpet attention but centuries before these power couples existed, there was a couple that didn’t walk the red carpet, but truly changed the world. This power couple is named Priscilla and Aquila.
These two first century Christian missionaries are one of my favorite Bible couples. They worked, lived, traveled and ministered to others with Paul (author of the majority of the New Testament) in Corinth and Ephesus.
What was so cool about them was their ability to truly be a team in their marriage. They worked as tentmakers together. They were hospitable to fellow believers together. They instructed an evangelist named Apollos together. They preached the Gospel together and essentially risked their lives for the sake of Christ together.
Countless times, Paul himself commends them, twice he salutes them and once he calls them his “helpers in Christ,” in Romans 16:3. Not only were they ministry partners but totally committed as true friends to a man who was persecuted for being a Christian. When many might have wanted to disassociate with Paul, his two friends refused to abandon him in hard times. This clearly made a huge impact in his life due to his appreciation notes in the Bible written for this couple.
Today this couple stands as an example for us all. They show that when a couple comes together for the same purpose and works together for the same cause, there is no stopping them. But this couple didn’t just unite for any cause, they united for the cause of Christ. They inspire us to treat our spouse as our life partner. They also remind us that when a couple unites for God they can do incredible things. Adventures happen. Life change happens and that’s truly what being a power couple is all about.
Bible Reading On Priscilla and Aquila: