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23 You have come to the meeting of God’s firstborn[a] children whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God, the judge of all people, and to the spirits of good people who have been made perfect. 24 You have come to Jesus, the One who brought the new agreement from God to his people, and you have come to the sprinkled blood[b] that has a better message than the blood of Abel.[c]

25 So be careful and do not refuse to listen when God speaks. Others refused to listen to him when he warned them on earth, and they did not escape. So it will be worse for us if we refuse to listen to God who warns us from heaven.

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  1. 12:23 firstborn The first son born in a Jewish family was given the most important place in the family and received special blessings. All of God’s children are like that.
  2. 12:24 sprinkled blood The blood of Jesus’ death.
  3. 12:24 Abel The son of Adam and Eve, who was killed by his brother Cain (Genesis 4:8).

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