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Hebrews 6 GNT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 Let us go forward, then, to mature teaching and leave behind us the first lessons of the Christian message. We should not lay again the foundation of turning away from useless works and believing in God; 1 Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death, and of faith in God,
2 of the teaching about baptisms and the laying on of hands; of the resurrection of the dead and the eternal judgment. 2 instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.
3 Let us go forward! And this is what we will do, if God allows. 3 And God permitting, we will do so.
4 For how can those who abandon their faith be brought back to repent again? They were once in God's light; they tasted heaven's gift and received their share of the Holy Spirit; 4 It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit,
5 they knew from experience that God's word is good, and they had felt the powers of the coming age. 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age,
6 And then they abandoned their faith! It is impossible to bring them back to repent again, because they are again crucifying the Son of God and exposing him to public shame. 6 if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace.
7 God blesses the soil which drinks in the rain that often falls on it and which grows plants that are useful to those for whom it is cultivated. 7 Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God.
8 But if it grows thorns and weeds, it is worth nothing; it is in danger of being cursed by God and will be destroyed by fire. 8 But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned.
9 But even if we speak like this, dear friends, we feel sure about you. We know that you have the better blessings that belong to your salvation. 9 Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are confident of better things in your case--things that accompany salvation.
10 God is not unfair. He will not forget the work you did or the love you showed for him in the help you gave and are still giving to other Christians. 10 God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them.
11 Our great desire is that each of you keep up your eagerness to the end, so that the things you hope for will come true. 11 We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, in order to make your hope sure.
12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to be like those who believe and are patient, and so receive what God has promised. 12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
13 When God made his promise to Abraham, he made a vow to do what he had promised. Since there was no one greater than himself, he used his own name when he made his vow. 13 When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself,
14 He said, "I promise you that I will bless you and give you many descendants." 14 saying, "I will surely bless you and give you many descendants."
15 Abraham was patient, and so he received what God had promised. 15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.
16 When we make a vow, we use the name of someone greater than ourselves, and the vow settles all arguments. 16 Men swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument.
17 To those who were to receive what he promised, God wanted to make it very clear that he would never change his purpose; so he added his vow to the promise. 17 Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath.
18 There are these two things, then, that cannot change and about which God cannot lie. So we who have found safety with him are greatly encouraged to hold firmly to the hope placed before us. 18 God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope offered to us may be greatly encouraged.
19 We have this hope as an anchor for our lives. It is safe and sure, and goes through the curtain of the heavenly temple into the inner sanctuary. 19 We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain,
20 On our behalf Jesus has gone in there before us and has become a high priest forever, in the priestly order of Melchizedek. 20 where Jesus, who went before us, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.