The most famous friendships in the Bible: Paul, Priscilla and Aquila

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The Bible is full of fascinating stories about human relationships, including friendships. In fact, stories of friendships are demonstrated throughout the Old and New Testaments. God wants us to have relationships – not just marriage and family, but also deep and lasting friendships. True friendship gives us support, love and pleasure and is nothing less than a gift from God.

Priscilla and her husband, Aquila, met the Apostle Paul during his visit to Corinth in AD 50. The three became devoted friends, fellow travelers and servants of Christ.

The story of these friends is told in the Bible in Acts 18. This remarkable trio of people demonstrates how common cause and loyalty to one another make the best friends.

Aquila, a Christian Jew, and Priscilla had come to Corinth from Italy as victims of Roman persecution. The Emperor had expelled all Jews from Rome, and the Jews knew it was dangerous to stay in Italy. The couple found their way to Corinth and settled there while working as tentmakers. When Paul, himself a tentmaker, came to Corinth, he went to see them, having heard of their faith in Christ. Paul ended up living and working with them while founding the church in Corinth. They opened their home to Paul and the trio lived as a family.

After a year and a half, Paul left for Ephesus and asked Aquila and Priscilla to accompany him. The couple went and established a church in their home in Ephesus. While in Ephesus, Aquila and Priscilla taught the townspeople about the love of Christ.

These two remarkable people set an example of hospitality, opening their home to Paul and using their home as a meeting place for the church. They demonstrated their loyalty to Paul by following him to Ephesus and establishing a church there to continue his ministry.

Another outstanding example of the enduring friendship between Paul, Priscilla and Aquila was their desire to continue Paul’s ministry as he had intended. Paul’s last reference to them was in his last letter. Paul was imprisoned in Rome and wrote one last time to Timothy. Timothy was the pastor of the church at Ephesus, and Aquila and Priscilla was there with him, always ministering. Faithfully, Aquila and Priscilla extended hospitality to other Christians, spread the gospel they had learned from Paul, and offered their faithful service to the Lord.

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