1 Wherefore, let us leave the doctrine pertaining to the beginning of a Christian man, and let us go unto perfection, and now no more lay the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God, 2 of baptism, of doctrine, and of laying on of hands, and of resurrection from death, and of eternal judgment. 3 And so will we do, if God permit.
4 For it is not possible that they which were once lighted, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were become partakers of the holy ghost, 5 and have tasted of the good word of God, and of the power of the world to come; 6 if they fall away, should be renewed again unto repentance: Forasmuch as they have, as concerning themselves, crucified the son of God afresh, making a mock of him. 7 For that earth which drinketh in the rain which cometh often upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them that dress it, receiveth blessing of God: 8 but that ground, which beareth thorns and briars, is reproved, and is nigh unto cursing: whose end is to be burned.
9 Nevertheless dear friends, we trust to see better of you, and things which accompany salvation, though we thus speak. 10 For God is not unrighteous that he should forget your work and labour that proceedeth of love, which love showed in his name, which have ministered unto the saints, and yet minister. 11 Yea, and we desire that every one of you show the same diligence, to the establishing of hope, even unto the end: 12 that ye faint not, but follow them which through faith and patience inherit the promises.
13 For when God made promise to Abraham, because he had no greater thing to swear by, he sware by himself,
15 And so after that he had tarried a long time, he enjoyed the promises. 16 Men verily swear by him that is greater than themselves; And an oath to confirm the thing, is among them an end of all strife. 17 So God, willing very abundantly to show, unto the heirs of promise, the stableness of his counsel; he added an oath, 18 that by two immutable things - in which it was impossible that God should lie - we might have perfect consolation, which have fled, for to hold fast the hope that is set before us: 19 which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and steadfast. Which hope also entereth in, into those things which are within the veil, 20 whither the forerunner is for us entered in, I mean Jesus that is made a high priest forever, after the order of Melchizedek.