An Alphabetical Analysis
Volume 10 - Practical Truth - Page 113 of 277
'Greet Priscilla (Prisca R.V.) and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus:
who have for my life laid down their own necks: unto whom not only I
give thanks, but also all the churches of the Gentiles.  Likewise greet
the church that is in their house' (Rom. 16:3 -5).
The Revised Version here rightly reads 'Prisca', as does the Authorized
Version in 2 Timothy 4:19.  This form of the name is probably an affectionate
diminutive, and the use of it opens for a moment a door into the private
life and homely affection of the great apostle.  The genuineness and reality
of Paul's character was such that he had no need, as we say, to stand on his
dignity, and could indulge in a little playfulness without detracting from
the solemnity of his message.
With regard to the passage quoted from Romans 16, it is written:
'Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his
friends' (John 15:13).  So that Aquila and Priscilla had shown the apostle
the highest quality of love this world affords.  How, where, and precisely
what, were all the circumstances which brought out this manifestation of love
we do not know.  The narrative of the Acts abounds with accounts of riots,
plots and murderous attacks upon Paul, and at least on one of these dangerous
occasions the intervention of this homely couple saved his life, for which it
may truly be said not Paul only but the churches of the Gentiles, ever since,
give thanks.
Aquila and Priscilla join Paul in sending salutations to the church at
Corinth, and it is noticeable that while they have evidently removed from one
city to another, they still have a church in their house (1 Cor. 16:19).  The
faithful fellowship and affectionate nearness of these companions of Paul
continued to the end.  'Salute Prisca and Aquila' he wrote on the eve of his
martyrdom.  At last he was to lay down his neck for the truth he held dearer
than life itself, and he cannot forget those whose love was instrumental
under God, in enabling him to finish his course.  Apart from the important
instance recorded in Acts 18 in connection with Apollos, we do not associate
Aquila or Priscilla so much with teaching as with that equally important
ministry of hospitality and loving service, even unto death.  What a
sanctifying of life for man and wife and home, thus to be consecrated to the
Lord!  On every hand there are indications that before this dispensation ends
the church will once more be in the house of such believers.  What glory may
be awaiting some readers of these lines!
May the Lord use the message to accomplish His purposes of grace and
prepare His 'Aquilas' and 'Priscillas' for service in the closing days.
Preaching is not always done from a pulpit, neither is teaching always
done from a platform.  Many times the individual contact, with question and
answer, with no audience and no conventional setting, proves the most
effective.  With this in mind the reader may not feel that the following
conversational series of question and answer will be out of place in this
Faith says Amen to God
A.  I do not wish you to think that I question the truth of Scripture or the
power of God, but I am somewhat mystified by the many kinds of 'faith' that
are spoken of in theological writings.  I read of 'historic faith', and