Hebrews 6

A Call to Maturity

Therefore let us leave the elementary teachings about Christ [and] go on to maturity, not laying again [the] foundation of repentance from dead works,
Or from pointless rituals
and of faith in God,
instruction about baptisms,
Or cleansing rites
[the] laying on of hands, [the] resurrection of [the] dead, and eternal judgment.
And this we will do, if God permits. [It is] impossible for those who have once been enlightened, [who] have tasted the heavenly gift, [who] have shared in [the] Holy Spirit, who have tasted [the] goodness [of the] word of God and [the] powers [of the] coming age— and then have fallen away— to be restored again to repentance, because they themselves are crucifying the Son of God {all over again} and subjecting [Him] to open shame. Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is tended receives [the] blessing of God. But [land that] produces thorns and thistles [is] worthless, and [its] curse is imminent. [In] the end it will be burned. Even though we speak like this, beloved, we are convinced of better [things] in your [case] — [things that] accompany salvation. 10  God [is] not unjust. He will not forget your work and the love you have shown for His name as you have ministered to the saints and continue to [do so] . 11  We want each of you to show the same diligence to [the very] end, so that [your] hope may be fully assured. 12  Then you will not be sluggish, but will imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

God's Unchangeable Promise

13  [When] God made His promise to Abraham, since He had no one greater to swear by, He swore by Himself, 14  saying, “ {I will} surely bless you and multiply your [descendants] .”
Genesis 22:17
15  And so [Abraham] , after waiting patiently, obtained the promise. 16  Men swear by [someone] greater [than themselves] , and [their] oath serves as a confirmation to end all argument. 17  So when God wanted to make the unchanging nature of His purpose very clear to the heirs of the promise, He guaranteed [it] with an oath. 18  Thus by two unchangeable things in which [it is] impossible [for] God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before [us] may be strongly encouraged. 19  We have [this hope] as an anchor for the soul, firm and steadfast. It enters the inner [sanctuary] [behind] the curtain, 20  where Jesus [our] forerunner has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.
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