So blogging through Acts is gonna take a quick hiatus – sort of – as I had a thought today as I was considering how I might complete my teaching on Priscilla & Aquila this Sunday: Priscilla & Aquila were so beloved by Paul that he had their marriage in mind when he wrote Ephesians 5:17-33.
Do we know this? No. Can this be proven? Not to my knowledge, but looking at 1 Corinthians 7:25-40, it’s clear Paul was less than interested in encouraging marriages for the purposes of romance. Rather, Christian marriage had to have Christ at its center, and that meant that the married couple had to be mutually sacrificial so that the work anticipating the Kingdom of God could be carried out.
Without a common posture of submission and love, how could a married woman achieve the kind of devotion to the Lord that Paul articulated as the ideal? How could a man? It wasn’t going to happen.
So I believe Paul was truly enamored with P & A and likely respected their marriage for being worthy of emulation and that it was not hindered of executing the ways of Ephesians 5 nor 1 Corinthians 7.
Given P & A’s incredibly productive ministry life, how do the marriage strengths contained in Ephesians 5 set the table for avoiding the marriage negatives noted in 1 Corinthians 7?