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Friday, 13 May 2016

Romans 16:3-5 – Prisca and Aquila in Ephesus again

The last time we hear of Prisca and Aquila is in Paul’s last letter, 2 Timothy, written about AD 66 or 67. Several years have passed since he wrote Romans, perhaps almost a decade. His friends are now back in Ephesus, helping Timothy deal with problems there.
In 2 Timothy 4:19, Paul writes, ‘Greet Prisca and Aquila, and the household of Onesiphorus.’ This is the last recorded greeting of Paul the apostle and there is something very moving about it. Paul is in isolation virtually because he lists several colleagues who have gone to visit churches. He says in the previous verses, ‘Luke alone is with me,’ and ‘At my first defence no one came to stand by me, but all deserted me.’ We can see him sitting against a wall looking back over life and his mind goes to his friends who had been so loyal to him.
It is very striking that Paul always refers to her as Prisca rather than Priscilla. Prisca is the more formal version and its use by Paul indicates that he had great respect for her and he revealed that was the case each time he referred to this couple. After all, here were a couple who used their assets for Jesus wherever they went.

We can summarise the contribution of Prisca and Aquila by using the word ‘one’. They were one in consecration to the Lord, they were one in sacrificial service, they were one in spiritual discernment and they were one in hospitality. Truly, they speak to us powerfully about our service of Jesus.

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