Bro. Tom’s Weekly Bible Study
  Week #34
Posted: February 25, 2005

A Study of Positional Truths

Our study this week takes us to Paul’s closing remarks in Romans.  It is here he commends to us for our meditation and thoughts two great-unknown Bible characters.  They are set in a thought of Positional Truth.  The text says, “Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus: who have for my life laid down their own neck: unto whom not only I give thanks but also all the churches of the Gentiles.  Likewise greet the church that is in their house…” Let me mention some things about this couple that we learn from this text.  Please remember, all of this is true about them because of their Position In Christ Jesus.   


You wonder why these folks were so compatible with Paul.  The Bible says in our text that they were ‘helpers in Christ Jesus’.  The word ‘helper’ means a co-laborer, someone who works well together, and to bind together in complete oneness.  We may find a hint for their oneness in the meanings of their names.  Aquila’s name means ‘Eagle like’.  O, to have that lofty, eternal perception of the Lord.  When we see the bigger picture it causes us to be at peace with others.  Priscilla’s name means ‘little woman’.  Paul means ‘to come to an end or decrease’.  When we put one who is little, one who is decreasing, and one seeing things from God’s view point together, they will be one.   


The text tells us ‘they laid down their own necks for Paul’.  This is not a light statement.  They were willing to engage in ministry that may end in their being beheaded.  Surely they have laid hold to these texts from scripture.  In Acts 20:24 Paul says, “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course.”   Paul said in II Corinthians 12:13, “And I will gladly spend and be spent for you…”  Aquila and Priscilla surely lived these truths taught by Paul on being unmovable.   


This couple did much for Christ because of their Position In Him.  The text tells us in verse 5 and also in I Corinthians 16:19 that they had a church meeting in their house.  This was no small undertaking to open one’s home in that day to have church.  It meant your life was on constant display.  I would say that Aquila pastored this flock of people.  We are told in Acts 18 that a young Jewish man by the name of Apollos came along preaching the Gospel.  He was very eloquent and mighty in the scriptures.  The Bible tells us he only knew John’s baptism.  The Word tells us Aquila and Priscilla ‘took him unto themselves and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly’.  They didn’t attack him they shared pure Word with him in a kind and meek way.  It was received well and Apollos was greatly used. 


Paul did not get along with everyone.  He had a run in with Barnabas about Mark traveling with them.  The two of them broke fellowship.  Paul withstood Peter to his face about circumcision.  I wonder why Paul, Aquila, and Priscilla got along so well together.  They were lowly, decreasing, seeing things from an eternal perspective, while being bound together in oneness with our Lord Jesus Christ.  God so blesses when the brethren dwell together in unity.  Let us not forget, we who are In Christ Jesus, can get along and do a work together for Him.