Scripture Commentary

Stand in the grace of God Movie presentation

New American Standard Bible(NASB)

Overview

"Keeping complete context"

The introduction material to the Lindsey Stirling, Dragon Age movie is composed of several passages from Ephesians and 1 Peter that we feel, relate to the movie theme. When studying scripture it is very important to keep all passages in complete context with their encompassing material. We encourage a complete study, particularly of Ephesians.

In the book of Ephesians Paul is writing to a intellectual and sophisticated audience, of whom he has had an extensive personal ministry. The admonitions set forth in Chapters 4, 5 and 6 are framed by his prayer for the Ephesians in Chapter 3 Verse 14-21.

"For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name, that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with power through His Spirit in the inner man, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; and that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever. Amen."

Later, when we make reference to the Armor of God, it must be noted that it is the final thing to do. It comes after all the other preparations, admonitions and disciplines.

Ephesians finishes with a blessing, "Grace be with all those who love our Lord Jesus Christ with incorruptible love."

Ephesians 5

"Be subject to"

The rendering of verse 22 using the phrase, "be subject to," is a more accurate interpretation than "submit," as rendered in many other versions of the Bible.

The contemporary usage of the word, "submit," has taken on connotations of inferiority or demeaning value, whereas in scripture it is a highly sought characteristic.

When Jesus washed the disciples feet He said, "If I then, the Lord and the Teacher, washed your feet, you also ought to wash one another's feet. For I gave you an example that you also should do as I did for you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a slave is not greater than his master, nor is one who is sent greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, you are blessed if you do them." (John 13:14-17)

This was an action, on the part of Jesus, of submittal to the needs of his disciples.

The phrase, "be subject to," gives a sense of being sensitive to the needs of others.

Furthermore, Ephesians 5 provides additional context. Verse 21, "and be subject to one another in the fear of Christ."

Continuing in verse 28-30, "So husbands ought also to love their own wives as their own bodies. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the church, because we are members of His body."

First Peter 3

"Merely"

What shall we say, should a person rely only upon adornment? Not! Because it can be so shallow and may not reveal the true beauty, the beauty that can be loved for all time (imperishable). So the word, "merely," provides appropriate context to the verse.

"Your adornment must not be merely external—braiding the hair, and wearing gold jewelry, or putting on dresses; but let it be the hidden person of the heart, with the imperishable quality of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is precious in the sight of God."

"Submissive" Verse 1-2

This is speaking to the plurality, wives and husbands and is not necessarily referencing a particular wife and husband couple. The wives, collectively, may be examples by their behavior, to any of numerous husbandmen disobedient to the word.

"In the same way, you wives, be submissive to your own husbands so that even if any of them are disobedient to the word, they may be won without a word by the behavior of their wives, as they observe your chaste and respectful behavior."

It must be noted that the wife is to be submissive only to her own husband.

To be submissive one needs to be in active participation, not passive resignation. One way to think about submission is to consider an internet form. You have to provide some information and actively submit it. Then wait for a response. (Note emphasis on action. In fact the internet form contains an attribute called "action" that describes what the form is submitted to.)

In the movie, our heroine makes the first indication that she will stand with her hero, however it is in response to his decisive stance in submission to God. She recognizes it as a right response.

Though her face is dirty and her hair in disarray, who can deny the inner beauty she expresses through her music and devotion.

Ephesians 6

"Full Armor"

Ch 4 Vs 1-3; I (Paul), the prisoner of the Lord, implore you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling with which you have been called, with humility and gentleness, with patience, showing tolerance for one another in love, being diligent to preserve the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. (This establishes the context for the remaining passages.)

Continuing in Ch 6 Vs 13-18.

Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of His might.

Put on the full armor of God, so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of wickedness in the heavenly places.

Therefore, take up the full armor of God, so that you will be able to resist in the evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.

Stand firm therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace; in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

With all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on the alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints,

Other references

James 4:7-8 "Submit therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you."

Hebrews 13:14 "Obey your leaders and submit to them, for they keep watch over your souls as those who will give an account. Let them do this with joy and not with grief, for this would be unprofitable for you."

Titus 3:1-2 "Remind them to be subject to rulers, to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good deed, to malign no one, to be peaceable, gentile, showing every consideration for all men."

Philippians 2:14-16 "Do all things without grumbling or disputing; so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world, holding fast to the word of life..."

Colossians 2:8 "See to it that no one takes you captive through philosophy and empty deception, according to the traditions of men, according to the elemental principles of the world, rather than according to Christ."

1 Peter 2:13-17 "Submit yourselves for the Lord's sake to every human institution, whether to a king as the one in authority, or to governors as sent by him for the punishment of evildoers and the praise of those who do right. For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men. Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God. Honor all people, love the brotherhood, fear God, honor the king." (or emperor)(or in this day president)

Romans 13:1-14 Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those which exist are established by God. Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God; and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves. For rulers are not a cause of fear for good behavior, but for evil. Do you want to have no fear of authority? Do what is good and you will have praise from the same; for it is a minister of God to you for good. But if you do what is evil, be afraid; for it does not bear the sword for nothing; for it is a minister of God, an avenger who brings wrath on the one who practices evil. Therefore it is necessary to be in subjection, not only because of wrath, but also for conscience' sake.
  For because of this you also pay taxes, for rulers are servants of God, devoting themselves to this very thing. Render to all what is due them: tax to whom tax is due; custom to whom custom; fear to whom fear; honor to whom honor.
  Owe nothing to anyone except to love one another; for he who loves his neighbor has fulfilled the law. For this, "YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY, YOU SHALL NOT MURDER, YOU SHALL NOT STEAL, YOU SHALL NOT COVET," and if there is any other commandment, it is summed up in this saying, "YOU SHALL LOVE YOUR NEIGHBOR AS YOURSELF." Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
  Do this, knowing the time, that it is already the hour for you to awaken from sleep; for now salvation is nearer to us than when we believed. The night is almost gone, and the day is near. Therefore let us lay aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light. Let us behave properly as in the day, not in carousing and drunkenness, not in sexual promiscuity and sensuality, not in strife and jealousy. But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh in regard to its lusts.

1 Thessalonians 5:4-11 But you, brethren, are not in darkness, that the day would overtake you like a thief; for you are all sons of light and sons of day. We are not of night nor of darkness; so then let us not sleep as others do, but let us be alert and sober. For those who sleep do their sleeping at night, and those who get drunk get drunk at night. But since we are of the day, let us be sober, having put on the breastplate of faith and love, and as a helmet, the hope of salvation. For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ, who died for us, so that whether we are awake or asleep, we will live together with Him. Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.

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