PRISCILLA – A FELLOW WORKER IN CHRIST JESUS

Dear sisters in Christ Jesus, in this series of great women in the bible we are going to see a character in the New Testament named Priscilla. The name Priscilla is a Roman name derived from the Latin ‘priscus’ which means ‘old’ or ‘ancient’.

Priscilla was the wife of Aquila, and was a pillar in the early church in Jerusalem. Her name is mentioned nearly five times in the New Testament along with her husband. Aquila and Priscilla were both tentmakers by profession as was Paul we can see this in Acts 18:1-3. The bible says that the couple went with Paul during his missionary trip to Syria (Acts 18:18). From there they all went on to Ephesus where they stayed, while Paul went on to Caesarea. We see in Acts 18: 20,”when they (people of Ephesus) asked him (Paul) to spend more time with them, he denied”. From this we could understand that the people of Ephesus we open to the gospel of Jesus Christ which could have prompted Priscilla and Aquila to stay in Ephesus. Paul would have denied staying back because the Holy Spirit would have prompted him to move on to other places to preach the gospel. Paul also must have known that they would be useful in proclaiming the gospel with him and so they accompanied him.

She used her God-given abilities, as a helpmeet to her husband for the glory of God. They had a ministry, to which they were committed. We see this in I Corinthians 16:19,”Aquila and Priscilla greet you warmly in the Lord, and so does the church that meets at their house”. This shows her leadership quality and her commitment to preach God’s word along with her husband. The couple were sound in the word of God. They might have learned about Christ and His gospel through the teachings of Apostle Paul. When they heard that Apollos of Alexandria was teaching about Christ in Ephesus, they invited him home and explained to him the way of God more adequately. Afterwards, he became an even greater evangelist for the early church (Acts 18:25-28). Here, we see her hospitality to God’s servants and also her role as a good teacher in equipping people for God’s ministry. Paul clearly knew the value of these two believers as he called them, “… Priscilla and Aquila, my fellow workers in Christ Jesus, they risked their lives for me” (Romans 16:3). This statement by Apostle Paul portrays their commitment and dedication for the sake of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

Yes, dear sisters, we see Priscilla as a good wife, an efficient leader, a committed teacher and as a person who was ready to risk her life for the sake of the gospel of Christ. Priscilla and Aquila are an example for a good marriage relationship, not one dominating the other but working together and supporting each other in God’s ministry. That’s why their names are always mentioned together in the New Testament. Though the bible mentions little about her, she still remains as a best example to the women of our age. Let us learn from her life and be an active fellow worker in the spreading of the Gospel in our generation.

God bless you all

Your Sister in Christ

Belcy Anto