THE EPISTLE OF PAUL THE APOSTLE TO THE
Let us go on to perfection—Sons of perdition crucify Christ afresh—God swears with an oath that the faithful shall be saved.
the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto bperfection
; not laying again the foundation of crepentance
from dead works, and of faith toward God,
this will we do, if God permit.
For it is
impossible for those who were once aenlightened
, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
And have atasted
the good word of God, and the powers of the bworld
If they shall afall
away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they bcrucify
to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him
to an open cshame
For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs ameet
for them by whom it is bdressed
, receiveth blessing from God:
But that which beareth thorns and briers is
rejected, and is
nigh unto acursing
; whose end is
to be burned.
But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.
For God is
to forget your work and blabour
, which ye have shewed toward his dname
, in that ye have ministered to the saints, and do minister.
And we desire that every one of you do shew the same adiligence
to the full assurance of hope unto the end:
For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could aswear
by no greater, he bsware
Saying, Surely blessing I will abless
thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.
And so, after he had patiently aendured
, he obtained the promise.
For men verily swear by the greater: and an aoath
for confirmation is
to them an end of all bstrife
Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his acounsel
, bconfirmed it
by an coath
That by two immutable things, in which it was
impossible for God to alie
, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for brefuge
to lay hold upon the chope
set before us:
we have as an aanchor
of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the bveil
Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even
Jesus, made an ahigh
priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.