Hebrews 6 NLT/NIV - Online Parallel Bible

 
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1 So let us stop going over the basics of Christianity again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely we don't need to start all over again with the importance of turning away from evil deeds and placing our faith 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 You don't need further instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 2 instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.
3 And so, God willing, we will move forward to further understanding. 3 And God permitting, we will do so.
4 For it is impossible to restore to repentance those who were once enlightened -- those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in 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 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come -- 5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age,
6 and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people to repentance again because they are nailing the Son of God to the cross again by rejecting him, holding him up 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 When the ground soaks up the rain that falls on it and bears a good crop for the farmer, it has the blessing of God. 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 a field bears thistles and thorns, it is useless. The farmer will condemn that field and burn it. 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 Dear friends, even though we are talking like this, we really don't believe that it applies to you. We are confident that you are meant for better things, things that come with salvation. 9 Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are confident of better things in your case--things that accompany salvation.
10 For God is not unfair. He will not forget how hard you have worked for him and how you have shown your love to him by caring for other Christians, as you still do. 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 you will keep right on loving others as long as life lasts, in order to make certain that what 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 Then you will not become spiritually dull and indifferent. Instead, you will follow the example of those who are going to inherit God's promises because of their faith and patience. 12 We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.
13 For example, there was God's promise to Abraham. Since there was no one greater to swear by, God took an oath in his own name, saying: 13 When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself,
14 "I will certainly bless you richly, and I will multiply your descendants into countless millions." 14 saying, "I will surely bless you and give you many descendants."
15 Then Abraham waited patiently, and he received what God had promised. 15 And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.
16 When people take an oath, they call on someone greater than themselves to hold them to it. And without any question that oath is binding. 16 Men swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument.
17 God also bound himself with an oath, so that those who received the promise could be perfectly sure that he would never change his mind. 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 So God has given us both his promise and his oath. These two things are unchangeable because it is impossible for God to lie. Therefore, we who have fled to him for refuge can take new courage, for we can hold on to his promise with confidence. 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 This confidence is like a strong and trustworthy anchor for our souls. It leads us through the curtain of heaven into God's 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 Jesus has already gone in there for us. He has become our eternal High Priest in the line 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.