Hebrews 10:19-39 (New International Reader's Version)

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A Warning to Remain Faithful

19 Brothers and sisters, we are not afraid to enter the Most Holy Room. We enter boldly because of the blood of Jesus. 20 His way is new because he lives. It has been opened for us through the curtain. I'm talking about his body. 21 We also have a great priest over the house of God. 22 So let us come near to God with an honest and true heart. Let us come near with a faith that is sure and strong. Our hearts have been sprinkled. Our minds have been cleansed from a sense of guilt. Our bodies have been washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold firmly to the hope we claim to have. The One who promised is faithful. 24 Let us consider how we can stir up one another to love. Let us help one another to do good works. 25 Let us not give up meeting together. Some are in the habit of doing this. Instead, let us cheer each other up with words of hope. Let us do it all the more as you see the day coming when Christ will return. 26 What if we keep sinning on purpose? What if we do it even after we know the truth? Then there is no offering for our sins. 27 All we can do is to wait in fear for God to judge. His blazing fire will burn up his enemies. 28 Anyone who did not obey the law of Moses died without mercy if there were two or three witnesses. 29 What should be done to anyone who has hated the Son of God or has said no to him? What should be done to a person who treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that makes him holy? What should be done to someone who has made fun of the Holy Spirit who brings God's grace? Don't you think people like that should be punished more than anyone else? 30 We know the One who said, "I am the One who judges people. I will pay them back."#1(Deuteronomy 32:35)#2 Scripture also says, "The Lord will judge his people."#1(Deuteronomy 32:36; Psalm 135:14)#2 31 It is a terrible thing to fall into the hands of the living God. 32 Remember those earlier days after you received the light. At that time you stood firm in a great struggle. You did it even in the face of suffering. 33 Sometimes you were made fun of in front of others. You were treated badly. At other times you stood side by side with people who were being treated like that. 34 You suffered together with people in prison. When your property was taken from you, you accepted it with joy. You knew that God had given you better and more lasting things. 35 So don't throw away your bold faith. It will bring you rich rewards. 36 You need to be faithful. Then you will do what God wants. You will receive what he has promised. 37 In just a very little while, "The one who is coming will come. He will not wait. 38 The one who is in the right will live by faith. If he pulls back, I will not be pleased with him." #1(Habakkuk 2:3,4)#2 39 But we aren't people who pull back and are destroyed. We are people who believe and are saved.
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