1So let us leave the simple teachings about Christ. Let us grow up as believers. Let us not start all over again with the basic teachings. They taught us that we need to turn away from doing things that lead to death. They taught us that we must have faith in God.2They taught us about different kinds of baptism. They taught us about placing hands on people. They taught us that people will rise from the dead. They taught us that God will judge everyone. And they taught us that what he decides will last forever.3If God permits, we will go beyond those teachings and grow up.4What if some people fall away from the faith? It won't be possible to bring them back. It is true that they have seen the light. They have tasted the heavenly gift. They have shared in the Holy Spirit.5They have tasted the good things of God's word. They have tasted the powers of the age to come.6But they have fallen away from the faith. So it won't be possible to bring them back. They won't be able to turn away from their sins. They are losing everything. That's because they are nailing the Son of God to the cross all over again. They are bringing shame on him in front of everyone.7Some land drinks the rain that falls on it. It produces a crop that is useful to those who farm the land. That land receives God's blessing.8But other land produces only thorns and weeds. That land isn't worth anything. It is in danger of coming under God's curse. In the end, it will be burned.9Dear friends, we have to say these things. But we are sure of better things in your case. We are talking about the things that go along with being saved.10God is fair. He will not forget what you have done. He will remember the love you have shown him. You showed it when you helped his people. And you show it when you keep on helping them.11We want each of you to be faithful to the very end. We want you to be sure of what you hope for.12We don't want you to slow down. Instead, be like those who have faith and are patient. They will receive what God promised.
God Keeps His Promise
13When God made his promise to Abraham, he took an oath to keep it. But there was no one greater than himself to take an oath by. So he took his oath by making an appeal to himself.14He said, “I will certainly bless you. I will give you many children.” (Ge 22:17)15Abraham was patient while he waited. Then he received what God promised him.16People take oaths by someone greater than themselves. An oath makes a promise certain. It puts an end to all arguing.17So God took an oath when he made his promise. He wanted to make it very clear that his purpose does not change. He wanted those who would receive what was promised to know that.18God took an oath so we would have good reason not to give up. We have run away from everything else to take hold of the hope offered to us in God's promise. So God gave his promise and his oath. Those two things can't change. He couldn't lie about them.19Our hope is certain. It is something for the soul to hold on to. It is strong and secure. It goes all the way into the Most Holy Room behind the curtain.20That is where Jesus has gone. He went there to open the way ahead of us. He has become a high priest forever, just like Melchizedek.
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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)