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2 And he found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla (because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome); and he came to them.

 

In Corinth, Paul encountered Prisca and Aquila, who were tentmakers like Paul (Acts 18:1-4). They were expelled from Rome along with the Jewish community.

And he found a certain Jew named Aquila, born in Pontus, who had recently come from Italy with his wife Priscilla (because Claudius had commanded all the Jews to depart from Rome); and he came to them.

Upon arriving in Corinth, Paul found a Jewish couple named Aquila, the husband, and Priscilla, his wife. This couple may have already been Christians, or Paul may have led them to the Lord, because later it became apparent they were Christians (Ro 16:3; 1 Co 16:19; 2 Ti 4:19). Aquila was born in Pontus, a province in Asia Minor south of the Black Sea. They were dislocated from Rome because the Roman Emperor Claudius (AD 41-54) ousted all Jews from Rome in AD 49, two years before Paul arrived in the city. Suetonius, the Roman historian, referred to this event in his Life of Claudius.

PRINCIPLE:

Christians should constantly expand fellowship with other believers.

APPLICATION:

Some Christian friends are a blessing. They add to our lives as we fellowship with them. What kind of friends are in your life? Are they people who can contribute to your well-being as a believer? As our circumstances change in life, we need to seek new fellowship, people who will contribute to our spiritual well-being.

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