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61Therefore ilet us leave jthe elementary doctrine of Christ and go on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance kfrom dead works and of faith toward God,

9:14

5:12

[Phil. 3:12-14]

2and of linstruction about washings,1 mthe laying on of hands, nthe resurrection of the dead, and oeternal judgment.

See Acts 10:42

Acts 17:31

Acts 8:17; 19:6

Acts 19:4

Or baptisms (that is, cleansing rites)

3And this we will do pif God permits.

See 1 Cor. 16:7

4For it is impossible, in the case of those qwho have once been enlightened, who have tasted rthe heavenly gift, and shave shared in the Holy Spirit,

2:4; Gal. 3:2, 5

[John 4:10; Eph. 2:8]

10:32

5and thave tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the age to come,

Ps. 34:8

6and uthen have fallen away, to restore them again to repentance, since vthey are crucifying once again the Son of God to their own harm and holding him up to contempt.

[10:29]

[Matt. 19:26]; See 1 John 5:16

7For wland that has drunk the rain that often falls on it, and produces a crop useful to those for whose sake it is cultivated, receives a blessing from God.

Ps. 65:10

8But xif it bears thorns and thistles, it is worthless and near to being cursed, yand its end is to be burned.

[Mal. 4:1; John 15:6]

Isa. 5:1-7; [Gen. 3:17; Deut. 29:22; Jer. 44:22; Luke 13:6-9]

9Though we speak in this way, yet in your case, beloved, we feel sure of better thingsthings that belong to salvation.

10For zGod is not unjust so as to overlook ayour work and the love that you have shown for his name in bserving the saints, as you still do.

Rom. 15:31; 2 Cor. 8:4; 9:1, 12; 2 Tim. 1:18; Rev. 2:19

1 Thess. 1:3

Prov. 19:17; Matt. 10:42; 25:40; Mark 9:41

11And we desire each one of you to show the same earnestness to have the full assurance cof hope until the end,

Rom. 5:2-5

12so that you may not be sluggish, but dimitators of those who through faith and patience inherit the promises.

13:7; [10:36]

The Certainty of Gods Promise

13For when God made a promise to Abraham, since he had no one greater by whom to swear, ehe swore by himself,

Gen. 22:16

14saying, f“Surely I will bless you and multiply you.”

Cited from Gen. 22:17

15And thus Abraham,2 ghaving patiently waited, obtained the promise.

12, 17; [7:6]; See Rom. 4:13

Greek he

16For people swear by something greater than themselves, and in all their disputes han oath is final for confirmation.

Ex. 22:11

17So when God desired to show more convincingly to ithe heirs of the promise jthe unchangeable character of his purpose, khe guaranteed it with an oath,

[Gal. 3:20]

18; [Ps. 110:4; Prov. 19:21]

11:9

18so that by two unchangeable things, in which lit is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope mset before us.

12:1

See Titus 1:2

19We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into nthe inner place behind the curtain,

9:7; Lev. 16:15

20where Jesus has gone oas a forerunner on our behalf, phaving become a high priest forever after the order of Melchizedek.

3:1; 5:6, 10; 7:17, 21

4:14; 8:1; 9:24