You need to get beyond being children
- On this topic we have much to say and it is difficult to explain, since you have become sluggish in hearing. 12For though you should in fact be teachers by this time, you need someone to teach you the basic truths of God’s teachings. You have gone back to needing milk, not solid food. 13For everyone who lives on milk is inexperienced in the message of righteousness, because he is an infant. 14But solid food is for the mature, whose perceptions are trained by practice to discern both good and evil.
- Therefore we must progress beyond the elementary instructions about Christ and move on to maturity, not laying this foundation again: repentance from dead works and faith in God, 2teaching about baptisms, laying on of hands, resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3And this is what we intend to do, if God permits.
The danger of falling away
- For it is impossible in the case of those who have once been enlightened, tasted the heavenly gift, become partakers of the Holy Spirit, 5tasted the good word of God and the miracles of the coming age, 6and then have fallen away, to renew them again to repentance, since they are crucifying the Son of God for themselves all over again and holding him up to contempt. 7For the ground that has soaked up the rain that frequently falls on it and yields useful vegetation for those who tend it receives a blessing from God. 8But if it produces thorns and thistles, it is useless and about to be cursed; its fate is to be burned.
But you are secure
- But in your case, dear friends, even though we speak like this, we are convinced of better things relating to your salvation.
- For God is not unjust so as to forget your work and the love you have demonstrated for his name, in having served and continuing to serve the saints.
- But we passionately want each of you to demonstrate the same eagerness for the fulfillment of your hope until the end,
- so that you may not be sluggish, but imitators of those who through faith and perseverance inherit the promises.
- Now when God made his promise to Abraham, since he could swear by no one greater, he swore by himself, 14saying, “Surely I will bless you greatly and multiply your descendants abundantly.” 15And so by persevering, Abraham inherited the promise. 16For people swear by something greater than themselves, and the oath serves as a confirmation to end all dispute. 17In the same way God wanted to demonstrate more clearly to the heirs of the promise that his purpose was unchangeable, and so he intervened with an oath, 18so that we who have found refuge in him may find strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us through two unchangeable things, since it is impossible for God to lie.
What’s coming in 2nd talk…
- We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, sure and steadfast,
which reaches inside behind the curtain,
- where Jesus our forerunner entered on our behalf, since he became a priest forever in the order of Melchizedek.