1 Therefore, a leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to 1 perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from b dead works and of faith toward God, 2 c of the doctrine of baptisms, d of laying on of hands, e of resurrection of the dead, f and of eternal judgment. 3 And this 2 we will do if God permits. 4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted g the heavenly gift, and h have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, 6 3 if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, i since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame. 7 For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, j receives blessing from God; 8 k but if it bears thorns and briers, it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned.
9 But, beloved, we are confident of better things concerning you, yes, things that accompany salvation, though we speak in this manner. 10 For l God is not unjust to forget m your work and 4 labor of love which you have shown toward His name, in that you have n ministered to the saints, and do minister. 11 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence o to the full assurance of hope until the end, 12 that you do not become 5 sluggish, but imitate those who through faith and patience p inherit the promises.
13 For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear by no one greater, q He swore by Himself, 14 saying, r "Surely blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply you." 6 15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the s promise. 16 For men indeed swear by the greater, and t an oath for confirmation is for them an end of all dispute. 17 Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to u the heirs of promise v the 7 immutability of His counsel, 8 confirmed it by an oath, 18 that by two 9 immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to w lie, we 10 might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope x set before us. 19 This hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, y and which enters the Presence behind the veil, 20 z where the forerunner has entered for us, even Jesus, a having become High Priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.New King James Version (NKJV) Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc.