Hebrews 12:14-29 - Warning Against Rejecting God's Grace

14 Pursue peace with everyone, as well as holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. 15 See to it that no one fails to obtain the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up and causes you trouble, or many of you will become defiled. 16 No one should be immoral or godless like Esau, who sold his birthright for a single meal. 17 For you know that afterwards, when he wanted to inherit the blessing, he was rejected because he could not find any opportunity to repent, even though he begged to repent with tears.

18 You have not come to something that can be touched, to a blazing fire, to darkness, to gloom, 19 to a trumpet's blast, or to a voice that made the hearers beg that not another word be spoken to them. 20 For they could not endure the command that was given: "If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death." 21 Indeed, the sight was so terrifying that Moses said, "I am trembling with fear." 22 Instead, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God, to the heavenly Jerusalem, to tens of thousands of angels joyfully gathered together, 23 to the assembly of the firstborn who are enrolled in heaven, to a judge who is the God of all, to the spirits of righteous people who have been made perfect, 24 to Jesus, the mediator of a new covenant, and to the sprinkled blood that speaks a better message than Abel's.

25 See to it that you do not ignore the one who is speaking. For if the hearers did not escape when they ignored the one who warned them on earth, how much less will we escape if we turn away from the one who is from heaven! 26 At that time his voice shook the earth, but now he has promised, "Once more I will shake not only the earth but also heaven." 27 The expression "once more" signifies the removal of what can be shaken, that is, what he has made, so that what cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us be thankful and worship God in reverence and fear in a way that pleases him. 29 For "our God is an all-consuming fire."


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