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.
God is omniscient; omnipotent.
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.
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.
Salvation is not an end in itself. The believer has been freed from sin to serve God, saved to serve.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Hebrews 9:14.
Hold fast: holding on, or the perseverance of the saints, is the human side of eternal security. It is not something done to maintain salvation, but is rather an evidence of salvation.
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for Hebrews 10:23.
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.
Literally dwelling places, rooms, or even apartments (in modern terms). All are in the large “Father’s house.”
Commentary from the MacArthur study Bible, notes for John 14:2.