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.
For when God made a promise to Abraham, since He had no one greater to swear by, He swore by Himself:
I will most certainly bless you, and I will greatly multiply you.
And so, after waiting patiently, Abraham obtained the promise.
For men swear by something greater than themselves, and for them a confirming oath ends every dispute.
Because God wanted to show His unchangeable purpose even more clearly to the heirs of the promise, He guaranteed it with an oath,
so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us.
We have this [hope]-like a sure and firm anchor of the soul-that enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain.
Jesus has entered there on our behalf as a forerunner, because He has become a "high priest forever in the order of Melchizedek."
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