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 aleaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto bperfection; not laying again the foundation of crepentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
2 Of the adoctrine of bbaptisms, and of claying on of dhands, and of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
3 aAnd this will we do, if God permit.
4 For it is impossible for those who were once aenlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
5 And have atasted the good word of God, and the powers of the bworld to come,
6 If they shall afall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they bcrucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open cshame.
7 For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs ameet for them by whom it is bdressed, receiveth blessing from God:
8 But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto acursing; 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 aunrighteous to forget your work and blabour of clove, which ye have shewed toward his dname, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
11 And we desire that every one of you do shew the same adiligence to the full assurance of hope unto the end:
12 That ye be not aslothful, but followers of them who through bfaith and cpatience inherit the dpromises.
13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could aswear by no greater, he bsware by himself,
14 Saying, Surely blessing I will abless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.
15 And so, after he had patiently aendured, he obtained the promise.
16 For men verily swear by the greater: and an aoath for confirmation is to them an end of all bstrife.
17 Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his acounsel, bconfirmed it by an coath:
18 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to alie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for brefuge to lay hold upon the chope set before us:
19 Which hope we have as an aanchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast, and which entereth into that within the bveil;
20 Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made an ahigh priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.