The story of these two friends of the apostle Paul is told in Acts 18. Aquila, a  Jewish Christian, and his wife, Priscilla, first met Paul in Corinth, became  good friends of his, and shared in his work. Eventually the Corinthian church  met in their home. These two remarkable people belong in the pantheon of  Christian heroes, and their ministry is both an encouragement and an example for  us.

When we first meet Aquila and Priscilla, we are told that they had  come to Corinth from Italy as victims of Roman persecution, not for their  Christian faith but because Aquila was a Jew. The Emperor Claudius expelled all  Jews from Rome, and no doubt Jews deemed it unsafe to remain in any part of  Italy. Aquila and Priscilla found their way to Corinth and settled there,  pursuing their trade as tentmakers. When Paul, a tentmaker himself, came to  Corinth, he went to see them, no doubt having heard of their faith in Christ.  Paul lived and worked with them while founding the Corinthian church.

After a year and a half, Paul left for Ephesus and took Aquila and Priscilla  with him. The couple stayed in Ephesus when Paul left, again establishing a  church in their home (1  Corinthians 16:9). Then an eloquent preacher named Apollos came through Ephesus.  Apollos was mighty in the Scriptures, but he only knew  the baptism of John. This means Apollos knew Christ had come and fulfilled  John’s prophecies, but he didn’t know the significance of Christ’s death and  resurrection, the ministry of the indwelling Holy Spirit, or the mystery of the  church containing both Jews and Gentiles. Priscilla and her husband took Apollos  aside and explained these things to him (Acts  18:24-26). Both Aquila and Priscilla possessed an in-depth understanding of  doctrine learned from Paul, and this husband and wife team was able to pass it  on to another Christian and build him up in the faith.

These two  remarkable people set an example for us of hospitality, seen in opening their  home to Paul and using their house as a meeting place for churches wherever they  went. We are also impressed by their passion for Christ and their hunger for  knowledge of Him.

Another hallmark of the lives of Priscilla and Aquila  is their desire to build others in the faith. Paul’s last reference to them is  in his last letter. Paul was imprisoned in Rome and writing to Timothy one last  time. Timothy was pastoring the church at Ephesus, and Aquila and Priscilla are  there with him, still faithfully ministering (2 Timothy  4:19). To the end, Aquila and Priscilla were offering hospitality to other  Christians, spreading the gospel they had learned from Paul, and rendering  faithful service to the Master.