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The Peril of Falling Away

Therefore let us go on[a] toward perfection,[b] leaving behind the basic teaching about Christ and not laying again the foundation: repentance from dead works and faith toward God,(A) instruction about baptisms and laying on of hands, resurrection of the dead and eternal judgment.(B) And we will do[c] this, if God permits. For it is impossible to restore again to repentance those who have once been enlightened and have tasted the heavenly gift and have shared in the Holy Spirit(C) and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come(D) and then have fallen away, since they are crucifying again the Son of God to their own harm and are holding him up to contempt.(E) Ground that drinks up the rain falling on it repeatedly and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is cultivated receives a blessing from God.(F) But if it produces thorns and thistles, it is worthless and on the verge of being cursed; its end is to be burned over.(G)

Even though we speak in this way, beloved, we are confident of better things in your case, things that belong to salvation. 10 For God is not unjust; he will not overlook your work and the[d] love that you showed for his sake[e] in serving the saints, as you still do.(H)

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  1. 6.1 Or let us be carried along
  2. 6.1 Or toward maturity
  3. 6.3 Other ancient authorities read let us do
  4. 6.10 Other ancient authorities add labor of
  5. 6.10 Gk for his name