~ Andrea McCaskey
What resonated most clearly for me in the story of Prisca, the given name of Priscilla, are the many parallels to our role as the bride of Christ. Before we explore that, a little background on our woman of the week. She is married to Aquila who by most scholarly accounts might be described as the strong, silent type. I can envision him being the support Prisca needs to carry out the ministry work assigned to her, the wind beneath her wings. Neither of their names is ever mentioned alone. While her name is mentioned first and at other times his is, they truly appear inseparable.
The couple moved to Corinth after they and all other Jews were forced out of Rome. It was there that Paul met them and as they were all tent makers, decided to tarry for a while and combine their talents. Paul taught them about the Christ as they labored over their work, converting them both to Christianity. So close was their bond that when Paul left for Ephesus, Aquila and Priscilla travelled with him. It was in Ephesus that Prisca, confidently shared all she’d learned from Paul with Apollos, greatly expanding his understanding of the life, ministry and death of Christ. He went on to become a great preacher of the Gospel.
So, here are the parallels that I see between Priscilla and us as the bride of Christ. Consider the following:
Help-meet: Just as God made Eve the right help-meet for Adam, Prisca is the helper who is just right for Aquila. She worked beside her husband in their tent-making business as well as their house church as his partner. Likewise, we are to work beside God in building up His Kingdom and bringing the lost to Him. I Corinthians 3:9 says we are co-workers in God’s service; His field, His building. Each of us having an equally important role to play.
Inseparable: Prisca’s name is always, always, ALWAYS mentioned with her husband’s, giving the impression they are never apart. In marriage, ministry and vocation. Just as Christ is always with us. “And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20. In our lives, our loves and our ministry. Wouldn’t it be great if people thought of Christ every time they think of us.
Strength: In teaching Apollo, Priscilla boldly shared her knowledge of Christ confidently and without fear. “Be strong and courageous, do not be afraid or tremble at them, for the LORD your God is the one who goes with you. He will not fail you or forsake you.” Deuteronomy 31:6. Likewise, we are to share the gospel of Christ boldly with those who we interact with.
As Priscilla is to Aquilla, so are we to Christ. We are HIS. Always. And just as they were never apart, nothing, no thing, can separate us from Christ and his love for us. Selah…