Therefore, leaving the elementary message about the Messiah, let us go on to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, faith in God,
teaching about ritual washings, laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.
And we will do this if God permits.
For it is impossible to renew to repentance those who were once enlightened, who tasted the heavenly gift, became companions with the Holy Spirit,
tasted God's good word and the powers of the coming age,
and who have fallen away, because, to their own harm, they are recrucifying the Son of God and holding Him up to contempt.
For ground that has drunk the rain that has often fallen on it, and that produces vegetation useful to those it is cultivated for, receives a blessing from God.
But if it produces thorns and thistles, it is worthless and about to be cursed, and will be burned at the end.
Even though we are speaking this way, dear friends, in your case we are confident of the better things connected with salvation.
For God is not unjust; He will not forget your work and the love you showed for His name when you served the saints-and you continue to serve them.
Now we want each of you to demonstrate the same diligence for the final realization of your hope,
so that you won't become lazy, but imitators of those who inherit the promises through faith and perseverance.