Become Spiritually Mature
(1) Therefore let us grow beyond the basic teachings about Christ and move forward to spiritual maturity—not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, faith in God, (2) instruction about baptisms, laying on of hands, resurrection of the dead, and God’s eternal judgment. (3) And this we will do if God permits.
Apostasy and Faithfulness
(4) It is impossible for those who have received God’s light, tasted the heavenly gift, shared in the Holy Spirit, (5) tasted the goodness of God’s word, and the powers of the coming age—(6) and then have turned away (committed apostasy)—to be renewed (brought back) again to repentance, because they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and holding him up to public disgrace.
(7) For well-watered land is a blessing from God because it produces crops useful to those who farm it. (8) But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is cursed, because in the end the land will be burned over.
(9) My dear friends, although we speak in this way, we are confident of much better things for you—the things that belong to the salvation of Christ. (10) God is not unjust! He will not forget your good works and the love you have shown him as you have ministered to his people and continue to help them. (11) Our desire is for you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for will be fully realized. (12) We do not want you to become lazy, but to follow the example of those who through faith and patience inherit all that God has promised.
Our Secure Hope in God
(13) God swore by himself when he made his promise to Abraham, since he could not swear by anyone greater than himself. (14) As it is written in Genesis 22:17, “I will bless you and increase your descendants.” (15) And so Abraham received God’s promise to him after waiting for it with much patience.
(16) For people swear by something greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and brings all disputes to an end. (17) Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of his promise, he guaranteed it with an oath. (18) God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie—God’s promise and oath—we who have run to take hold of the future hope set before us will be greatly encouraged. (19) We have this future hope as a secure and firm anchor for our souls. It is a hope that enters behind the curtain into heaven’s inner sanctuary, (20) where Jesus as our forerunner has entered on our behalf. He has become an everlasting high priest after the order of Melchizedek.