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The Peril of Falling Away

1 Therefore aleaving bthe Ielementary teaching about the IIChrist, let us press on to IIIcmaturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from ddead works and of faith toward God, 2 of ainstruction about washings and blaying on of hands, and the cresurrection of the dead and ceternal judgment. 3 And this we will do, aif God permits. 4 For in the case of those who have once been aenlightened and have tasted of bthe heavenly gift and have been made cpartakers of the Holy Spirit, 5 and ahave tasted the good bword of God and the powers of cthe age to come, 6 and [then] have fallen away, it is aimpossible to renew them again to repentance, Ibsince they again crucify to themselves the Son of God and put Him to open shame. 7 For ground that drinks the rain which often Ifalls on it and brings forth vegetation useful to those afor whose sake it is also tilled, receives a blessing from God; 8 but if it yields thorns and thistles, it is worthless and aclose Ito being cursed, and IIit ends up being burned.

[1] ILit word of the beginning III.e. Messiah IIIOr perfection aPhp 3:13f bHe 5:12 cHe 5:14 dHe 9:14
[2] aJn 3:25; Ac 19:3f bAc 6:6 cAc 17:31f
[3] aAc 18:21
[4] a2Co 4:4, 6; He 10:32 bJn 4:10; Ep 2:8 cGa 3:2; He 2:4
[5] a1P 2:3 bEp 6:17 cHe 2:5
[6] IOr while aMt 19:26; He 10:26f; 2P 2:21; 1 Jn 5:16 bHe 10:29
[7] ILit comes a2Ti 2:6
[8] ILit near to a curse IILit whose end is for burning aGn 3:17f; Dt 29:22ff

Better Things for You

9 ¶ But, abeloved, we are convinced of better things concerning you, and things that Iaccompany salvation, though we are speaking in this way. 10 For aGod is not unjust so as to forget byour work and the love which you have shown toward His name, in having cministered and in still ministering to the Isaints. 11 And we desire that each one of you show the same diligence Iso as to realize the afull assurance of bhope until the end, 12 so that you will not be sluggish, but aimitators of those who through bfaith and patience cinherit the promises.

[9] IOr belong to a1Co 10:14; 2Co 7:1; 12:19; 1P 2:11; 2P 3:1; 1 Jn 2:7; Jde 3
[10] IOr holy ones aPv 19:17; Mt 10:42; 25:40; Ac 10:4 b1Th 1:3 cRo 15:25; He 10:32-34
[11] ILit to the full aHe 10:22 bHe 3:6
[12] aHe 13:7 b2Th 1:4; Jm 1:3; Rv 13:10 cHe 1:14

13 ¶ For awhen God made the promise to Abraham, since He could swear by no one greater, He bswore by Himself, 14 saying, “aI WILL SURELY BLESS YOU AND I WILL SURELY MULTIPLY YOU.” 15 And so, ahaving patiently waited, he obtained the promise. 16 aFor men swear by Ione greater [than themselves], and with them ban oath [given] as confirmation is an end of every dispute. 17 IIn the same way God, desiring even more to show to athe heirs of the promise bthe unchangeableness of His purpose, IIinterposed with an oath, 18 so that by two unchangeable things in which ait is impossible for God to lie, we who have Itaken refuge would have strong encouragement to take hold of bthe hope set before us. 19 IThis ahope we have as an anchor of the soul, a [hope] both sure and steadfast and one which benters IIwithin the veil, 20 awhere Jesus has entered as a forerunner for us, having become a bhigh priest forever according to the order of Melchizedek.

[13] aGa 3:15, 18 bGn 22:16; Lk 1:73
[14] aGn 22:17
[15] aGn 12:4; 21:5
[16] IOr Him who is greater aGa 3:15 bEx 22:11
[17] ILit In which IIOr guaranteed aHe 11:9 bPs 110:4; Pv 19:21; He 6:18
[18] ILit in which aNu 23:19; Tit 1:2 bHe 3:6; 7:19
[19] ILit Which hope we have IIOr inside aPs 39:7; 62:5; Ac 23:6; Ro 4:18; 5:4, 5; 1Co 13:13; Col 1:27; 1P 1:3 bLv 16:2, 15; He 9:3, 7
[20] aJn 14:2; He 4:14 bPs 110:4; He 2:17; 5:6


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He exhorteth not to fall back from the faith,

1 ¶ Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2 Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. 3 And this will we do, if God permit. 4 For [it is] impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, 5 And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, 6 If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put [him] to an open shame. 7 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God: 8 But that which beareth thorns and briers [is] rejected, and [is] nigh unto cursing; whose end [is] to be burned. 9 But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak. 10 For God [is] not unrighteous to forget your work and labour of love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.

[1] Pv 4:18; Is 55:6; Ezk 18:30; Zc 12:10; Mt 3:2; 4:17; 5:48; 7:25; 21:29, 32; Mk 1:1; 6:12; Lk 6:48; Jn 1:1; 5:24; 12:44; 14:1; Ac 2:38; 3:19; 11:18; 17:30; 20:21; 26:20; 1Co 3:10; 13:10; 2Co 7:1, 10; Ga 5:19; Ep 2:1, 5; 4:12; Php 3:12; Col 1:28; 4:12; 1Ti 3:16; 6:19; 2Ti 2:19, 25; He 5:12; 7:11; 9:14; 11:6; 12:13; Jm 1:4; 1P 1:21; 5:10; 1Jn 4:12; 5:10.
[2] Ec 12:14; Is 26:19; Ezk 37:1; Dn 12:2; Mt 3:14; 20:22; 22:23; 25:31; 28:19; Mk 7:4, 8; 16:16; Lk 3:16; 11:38; 12:50; 14:14; Jn 1:33; 3:25; 4:1; 5:29; 11:24; Ac 2:38, 41; 4:2; 6:6; 8:12, 14, 16, 36; 10:47; 13:3; 16:15, 33; 17:18, 31; 19:2, 6; 23:6; 24:15, 21, 25; 26:8; Ro 2:5, 16; 6:3, 5; 1Co 1:12; 10:2; 12:13; 15:13; 2Co 5:10; Php 3:21; Col 2:12; 1Th 4:14; 2Ti 2:18; He 9:10; 11:35; 1P 3:20; 2P 3:7; Jde 1:14; Rv 20:10.
[3] Ac 18:21; Ro 15:32; 1Co 4:19; 16:7; Jm 4:15.
[4] Nu 24:3, 15; Mt 5:13; 7:21; 12:31, 45; Lk 10:19; 11:24; Jn 3:27; 4:10; 6:32; 15:6; Ac 8:20; 10:45; 11:17; 15:8; Ro 1:11; 1Co 13:1; Ga 3:2, 5; Ep 2:8; 3:7; 4:7; 1Ti 4:14; 2Ti 2:25; 4:14; He 2:4; 10:26, 32; 12:15; Jm 1:17; 2P 2:20; 1Jn 5:16.
[5] Mt 13:20; Mk 4:16; 6:20; Lk 8:13; He 2:5; 1P 2:3; 2P 2:20.
[6] Ps 51:10; Is 1:28; Zc 12:10; Mt 23:31; 27:38; Mk 15:29; Lk 11:48; 23:35; 2Ti 2:25; He 6:4; 10:29; 12:2.
[7] Gn 27:27; Lv 25:21; Dt 28:11; Ps 24:5; 65:9, 10; 104:11; 126:6; Is 44:3; 55:10; Ezk 34:26; Ho 10:12; Jol 2:21; Mal 3:10; Jm 5:7.
[8] Gn 3:17; 4:11; 5:29; Dt 29:28; Jb 31:40; Ps 107:34; Is 5:1; 27:10; Jr 17:6; 44:22; Ezk 15:2; 20:47; Mal 4:1; Mt 3:10; 7:19; 25:41; Mk 11:14, 21; Lk 13:7; Jn 15:6; He 10:27; 12:17; Rv 20:15.
[9] Is 57:15; Mt 5:3; Mk 16:16; Ac 11:18; 20:21; 2Co 7:10; Ga 5:6, 22; Php 1:6; 1Th 1:3; Tit 2:11; He 2:3; 5:9; 6:4, 10; 10:34, 39.
[10] Dt 32:4; Ne 5:19; 13:22, 31; Ps 20:3; Pv 14:31; Jr 2:2; 18:20; Mt 10:42; 25:35, 40; Mk 9:41; Jn 13:20; Ac 2:44; 4:34; 9:36; 10:4, 31; 11:29; Ro 3:4; 12:13; 15:25; 1Co 13:4; 16:1; 2Co 8:1; 9:1, 11; Ga 5:6, 13; 6:10; Php 4:16; Col 3:17; 1Th 1:3; 2Th 1:6; 1Ti 6:18; 2Ti 1:17; 4:8; Phm 1:5; He 13:16; Jm 2:15; 1Jn 1:9; 3:14, 17.

but to be stedfast,

11 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same diligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:

[11] Is 32:17; Mt 24:13; Ro 5:2; 8:24; 12:8, 11, 12; 15:13; 1Co 13:13; 15:58; Ga 5:5; 6:9; Php 1:9; 3:15; Col 1:5, 23; 2:2; 1Th 1:5; 4:10; 2Th 2:16; 3:13; He 3:6, 14; 6:18; 10:22, 32; 1P 1:3, 21; 2P 1:5, 10; 3:14; 1Jn 3:1, 14, 19; Rv 2:26.

diligent, and patient to wait upon God,

12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

[12] Pv 12:24; 13:4; 15:19; 18:9; 24:30; So 1:8; Jr 6:16; Mt 22:32; 25:26; Lk 8:15; 16:22; 20:37; Ro 2:7; 4:12; 8:25; 12:11; 1Th 1:3; He 1:14; 5:11; 6:15; 10:36; 11:8, 9, 17, 33; 12:1; 13:7; Jm 5:10; 1P 3:5; 2P 1:10; 1Jn 2:25; Rv 13:10; 14:12, 13.

because God is most sure in his promise.

13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, 14 Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee. 15 And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise. 16 For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation [is] to them an end of all strife. 17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed [it] by an oath: 18 That by two immutable things, in which [it was] impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: 19 Which [hope] we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil; 20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, [even] Jesus, made an high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.

[13] Gn 22:15; Ps 105:9; Is 45:23; Jr 22:5; 49:13; Ezk 32:13; Mi 7:20; Lk 1:73; He 6:16.
[14] Gn 17:2; 48:4; Ex 32:13; Dt 1:10; Ne 9:23.
[15] Gn 12:2; 15:2; 17:16; 21:2; Ex 1:7; Hab 2:2; Ro 4:17; He 6:12.
[16] Gn 14:22; 21:23, 30; 31:53; Ex 22:11; Jsh 9:15; 2S 21:2; Ezk 17:16; Mt 23:20; He 6:13.
[17] Gn 26:28; Ex 22:11; Jb 23:13; Ps 33:11; 36:8; Pv 19:21; So 5:1; Is 14:24, 26; 46:10; 54:9; 55:7, 11; Jr 33:20, 25; Mal 3:6; Jn 10:10; Ro 8:17; 11:29; Ga 3:29; He 6:12, 16, 18; 11:7, 9; Jm 1:17; 2:5; 1P 1:3; 3:7.
[18] Gn 19:22; Nu 23:19; 35:11; Jsh 20:3; 1S 15:29; 1K 2:28; Ps 46:1; 62:8; 110:4; Pv 3:18; 4:13; Is 27:5; 32:1; 51:12; 56:4; 64:7; 66:10; Zc 9:12; Mt 3:7; 24:35; Lk 2:25; Ro 3:4, 25; 15:5; 2Co 1:5; 5:18; Php 2:1; Col 1:5, 23, 27; 1Th 1:10; 2Th 2:16; 1Ti 1:1; 6:12; 2Ti 2:13; Tit 1:2; He 3:11; 7:21; 11:7; 12:1; 1Jn 1:10; 5:10.
[19] Lv 16:2, 15; Ps 42:5, 11; 43:5; 62:5; 146:5; Is 12:2; 25:3; 28:16; Jr 17:7; Mt 27:51; Ac 27:29, 40; Ro 4:16; 5:5; 8:28; 1Co 15:58; Ep 2:6; Col 3:1; 2Ti 2:19; He 4:16; 9:3, 7; 10:20.
[20] Jn 14:2; Ro 8:34; Ep 1:3, 20; He 1:3; 2:10; 3:1; 4:14; 5:6, 10; 7:1; 8:1; 9:12, 24; 12:2; 1P 3:22; 1Jn 2:12.


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