Phebe, Priscilla, and Aquila

I commend unto you Phebe our sister, which is a servant of the church which is at Cenchrea: That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also.  Greet Priscilla and Aquila my helpers in Christ Jesus

Romans 16:1-3

These are simple verses with a powerful message for us.  Paul is simply telling the church in Rome about a few people.  He mentions three in these verses, Phebe, Priscilla, and Aquila.  When I was younger, I wondered why God thought it was important to put verses like these in the Bible.  Phebe, Priscilla, and Aquila weren’t apostles or pastors or prophets.  They were simply some women in the church.  Paul was saying (about Priscilla and Aquila), in today’s vernacular, “tell them I said hi.”  Why would that need to be in the Bible?

As I have now become a little older, I think I understand a little better why verses like this made it into the Bible.  These three women were “helpers.”  They had helped Paul and been an encouragement to him.  It says of Phebe that she had been a “succourer of many.  “To succor” means “to assist and support in times of hardship and trouble.”

We may not think of being “a helper” as a big job in the church.  But having people who would help him was a big deal to Paul.  And it is a big enough deal to God that He chose to include Paul’s commendation to these helpers in His Holy Word.

We should all be known as “helpers,” both in the church in our families, neighbourhoods, and workplaces.  Simply helping people might not seem like a very big deal, but it is!

2 responses to this post.

  1. Thank you, Ben! This is a great encouragement for all the helpers out there! God bless you!


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