1Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,2Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.3And this will we do, if God permit.4For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,5And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,6If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.7For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:8But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.9But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.10For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.11And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:12That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.13For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,14Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.15And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.16For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.17Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:18That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us:19Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;20Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
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1Therefore let us leave the elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, (Php 3:12; Heb 5:12; Heb 9:14)2and of instruction about washings, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. (Ac 8:17; Ac 10:42; Ac 17:31; Ac 19:4; Ac 19:6)3And this we will do if God permits. (1Co 16:7)4For it is impossible, in the case of those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, and have shared in the Holy Spirit, (Joh 4:10; Ga 3:2; Ga 3:5; Eph 2:8; Heb 2:4; Heb 10:32)5and have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come, (Ps 34:8)6and then have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since they are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt. (Mt 19:26; Heb 10:29; 1Jo 5:16)7For land that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God. (Ps 65:10)8But if it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed, and its end is to be burned. (Ge 3:17; De 29:22; Isa 5:1; Jer 44:22; Mal 4:1; Lu 13:6; Joh 15:6)9Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better things—things that belong to salvation.10For God is not unjust so as to overlook your work and the love that you have shown for his name in serving the saints, as you still do. (Pr 19:17; Mt 10:42; Mt 25:40; Mr 9:41; Ro 15:31; 2Co 8:4; 2Co 9:1; 2Co 9:12; 1Th 1:3; 2Ti 1:18; Re 2:19)11And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance of hope until the end, (Ro 5:2)12so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises. (Heb 10:36; Heb 13:7)
The Certainty of God’s Promise
13For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, he swore by himself, (Ge 22:16)14saying, “Surely I will bless you and multiply you.” (Ge 22:17)15And thus Abraham, having patiently waited, obtained the promise. (Ro 4:13; Heb 6:12; Heb 6:17; Heb 7:6)16For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes an oath is final for confirmation. (Ex 22:11)17So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, (Ps 110:4; Pr 19:21; Ga 3:20; Heb 6:18; Heb 11:9)18so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. (Tit 1:2; Heb 12:1)19We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, (Le 16:15; Heb 9:7)20where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf, having become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek. (Heb 3:1; Heb 4:14; Heb 5:6; Heb 5:10; Heb 7:17; Heb 7:21; Heb 8:1; Heb 9:24)