GOD'S WORD® Translation
1With this in mind, we should stop going over the elementary truths about Christ and move on to topics for more mature people. We shouldn't repeat the basics about turning away from the useless things we did and the basics about faith in God. 2We shouldn't repeat the basic teachings about such things as baptisms, setting people apart for holy tasks, dead people coming back to life, and eternal judgment. 3If God permits, we will do this. 4Some people once had God's light. They experienced the heavenly gift and shared in the Holy Spirit. 5They experienced the goodness of God's word and the powers of the world to come. 6Yet, they have deserted [Christ]. They are crucifying the Son of God again and publicly disgracing him. Therefore, they cannot be led a second time to God. 7God blesses the earth. So rain often falls on it, and it produces useful crops for farmers. 8However, if the earth produces thorns and thistles, it is worthless and in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned.
9Dear friends, even though we say these things, we are still convinced that better things are in store for you and that they will save you. 10God is fair. He won't forget what you've done or the love you've shown for him. You helped his holy people, and you continue to help them. 11We want each of you to prove that you're working hard so that you will remain confident until the end. 12Then, instead of being lazy, you will imitate those who are receiving the promises through faith and patience.
13God made a promise to Abraham. Since he had no one greater on whom to base his oath, he based it on himself. 14He said, "I will certainly bless you and give you many descendants." 15So Abraham received what God promised because he waited patiently for it. 16When people take oaths, they base their oaths on someone greater than themselves. Their oaths guarantee what they say and end all arguments. 17God wouldn't change his plan. He wanted to make this perfectly clear to those who would receive his promise, so he took an oath. 18God did this so that we would be encouraged. God cannot lie when he takes an oath or makes a promise. These two things can never be changed. Those of us who have taken refuge in him hold on to the confidence we have been given. 19We have this confidence as a sure and strong anchor for our lives. This confidence goes into the [holy] place behind the curtain 20where Jesus went before us on our behalf. He has become the chief priest forever in the way Melchizedek was a priest.