The elements


Therefore, since all these things will be dissolved,

what manner of persons ought you to be,

in holy conduct and godliness,

2 Peter 3:11

The “elements” are the atomic components into which matter is ultimately divisible, which make up the composition of all the created matter.  Peter means that the atoms, neutrons, protons, and electrons are all going to disintegrate (v. 11).  The whole of the physical, natural earth in its present form, with its entire universe will be consumed.  As man from atoms creates destructive bombs that burn a path of death, so God can disintegrate the whole universe in an explosion of atomic energy.  He exercises sovereign control over every person, object, and event, and not one molecule in the universe is outside that dominion.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for 2 Peter 3:7,10, and Revelation 1:8.


A Better Hope

Hebrews 7;18-19

Drawing near to God is the essence of Christianity as compared with the Levitical system, which kept people outside His presence.  As believer priests, we are to draw near to God-that is characteristic of priesthood.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Hebrews 7:19.

Encourage, comfort, and strengthen.

Hebrews 10;25b

Exhortation takes the form of encouragement, comfort, warning, or strengthening.  There is an eschatological urgency to the exhortation which requires an increased activity as the coming of Christ approaches.

Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Hebrews 10:25.

Empty or faith?

Habakkuk 2;4

The proud trusts in himself; the just lives by his faith.  It is the proud who are self-sufficient and who fail to realize the necessity of patient endurance and trust in God.  In contrast to the proud, the just will be truly preserved through his faithfulness to God.  Faith is not a one-time act, but a way of life.  The true believer, declared righteous by God, will persevere in faith as the pattern of his life (Hebrews 3:12-14).

Commentary from the MacArthur study bible, notes for Habakkuk 2:4 and Hebrews 10:37, 38.