Let us go on to perfection—The sons of perdition crucify Christ anew—God swears with an oath that the faithful will be saved.
1 Therefore the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto ; not laying again the foundation of from dead works, and of faith toward God,
2 Of the of , and of on of , and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
3 this will we do, if God permit.
4 For it is impossible for those who were once , and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
5 And have the good word of God, and the powers of the to come,
6 If they shall , to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open .
7 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs for them by whom it is , receiveth blessing from God:
8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto ; 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 to forget your work and of , which ye have shewed toward his , in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
11 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same to the full assurance of hope unto the end:
12 That ye be not , but followers of them who through and inherit the .
13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could no greater, he by himself,
14 Saying, Surely blessing I will thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.
15 And so, after he had patiently , he obtained the promise.
16 For men verily swear by the greater: and an for confirmation is to them an end of all .
17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his , it by an :
18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to , we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for to lay hold upon the set before us:
19 Which hope we have as an of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the ;
20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an for ever after the order of Melchisedec.