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by Gregory HHC, d
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Elements of the World and the Kingdom

“Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?” 2 Peter 3:12

Some interpreters of the New Testament suggest that elements melting is referring to a future nuclear war. The word element is from the Greek stoicheion134 from stoicheo “to proceed ... in order... to direct ones life.” Like with the word exousia we need to question what the author meant by looking at its meaning and its use at the time.

The same word element is also used in Galatians 4:3. It is used in reference to being “in bondage under the elements of the world.” In Galatians 4:9, we see, “But now, after that ye have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn ye again to the weak and beggarly elements [stoicheion], whereunto ye desire again to be in bondage?

The same words are seen in Colossians 2:20, “Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments [stoicheion] of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances,

In Colossians 2:8 we see the word “traditions” which is also translated ordinances. “Beware lest any man spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition135 of men, after the rudiments [stoicheion] of the world, and not after Christ.” The word spoil means “to carry off booty.” In every case the word “world” is the Greek word defined “constitution, order, government” or “state” from the Greek word komizo defined “to care for, take care of... provide for, or carry away.

God wants us to be free souls under Him and not spoiled under bondage to states like Egypt, Rome, or Babylon. He does not want you to swear, or contract, or pray for daily bread and benefits from those men who exercise authority and bring you back into bondage to the elements of the world but to be only in the world and not of it.

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    1344747 stoicheion element rudiment principle. first thing, from which the others belonging to some series or composite whole take their rise, an element, first principal. e.g. the elements, rudiments, primary and fundamental principles of any art, science, or discipline 1a) the elements of religious training, or the ceremonial precepts common alike to the worship... principles and practices of the old covenant world order. 2Pe 3:10,12

    135Paradosis ... ordinance 1) giving up, giving over


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