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Hebræerne 6

1Nu vil vi så gå videre med den undervisning, der passer til modne mennesker. Det skulle jo ikke være nødvendigt én gang til at lære jer de mest elementære ting om Kristus, nemlig at man frelses ved troen på Gud og ikke ved nytteløse anstrengelser. Det burde også være overflødigt at tale om de forskellige slags dåb, om håndspålæggelse, om opstandelsen fra de døde og om Guds dom, som afgør menneskers evige skæbne. Lad os nu gå videre med undervisningen, hvis Gud da tillader det.

Advarsel mod frafald og sløvhed

4-6 Når mennesker først har set Guds lys og nydt godt af Himlens velsignelser, og når de har fået Helligåndens kraft og har fået en forsmag på den kommende verdens vidundere, og hvor herligt det er at høre, når Gud taler, og de så alligevel falder fra, da kan man ikke føre dem tilbage til Herren. De har jo derved korsfæstet Guds Søn igen og hånet ham offentligt. Når en mark opsuger den regn, som falder på den, og producerer en god høst til gavn for dem, der dyrker jorden, vil den opleve Guds velsignelse. Men hvis den derimod frembringer tidsler og tjørnebuske, er den intet værd og vil opleve Guds dom. Det ender med, at man afbrænder den.

Selvom jeg skriver sådan, kære venner, er jeg overbevist om, at det står bedre til med jer, og at I er på frelsens vej. 10 Gud er ikke uretfærdig. Han vil huske jeres arbejde og den kærlighed til ham, som I har vist ved, at I har hjulpet og stadig hjælper jeres medkristne. 11 Vi ønsker inderligt, at hver eneste af jer lige til det sidste må fortsætte med begejstret at holde fast ved visheden om den herlighed, der venter jer. 12 Så bliver I ikke sløve, men bliver som dem, der ved tro og udholdenhed oplever opfyldelsen af alt, hvad Gud har lovet sine børn.

Guds løfter står urokkeligt fast

13-14 I ved, at da Gud lovede Abraham en søn, svor han ved sit eget navn—han havde jo ikke noget større at sværge ved—og sagde til Abraham, at han ville velsigne ham og gøre hans efterkommere talrige.[a] 15 Og efter at have ventet med stor tålmodighed fik Abraham til sidst løftet opfyldt.

16 Når mennesker sværger på, at de vil gøre et eller andet, sværger de i Guds navn og påkalder Guds straf over sig selv, hvis de bryder deres løfte. At sværge på den måde gør al diskussion overflødig. 17 Således garanterede Gud også sit løfte ved at sværge på det, for han ønskede at slå det helt fast over for dem, som løftet gælder, at det er et urokkeligt løfte. 18 Der er altså to ting, som slår fast, at løftet vil blive opfyldt: For det første, at det var Gud, der lovede det, og for det andet, at han garanterede løftet ved at sværge på det. Og Gud kan ikke lyve. Det hjælper os, som har søgt tilflugt hos ham, til at holde fast ved visheden om den lovede frelse. 19 Visheden om frelse er som et anker for sjælen, et anker, der når helt ind i Guds nærvær, bag forhænget ind til det inderste rum i den himmelske helligdom, hvor det er gjort urokkeligt fast. 20 Jesus gik jo forud for os ind i Guds nærvær for dér at tjene som vores evige ypperstepræst efter Melkizedeks forbillede.

Notas al pie

  1. 6,13-14 Jf. 1.Mos. 22,16-17.

New International Reader's Version

Hebrews 6

1So let us move beyond the simple teachings about Christ. Let us grow up as believers. Let us not start all over again with the basic teachings. They taught us that we need to turn away from doing things that lead to death. They taught us that we must have faith in God. These basic teachings taught us about different ways of becoming “clean.” They taught us about placing hands of blessing on people. They taught us that people will rise from the dead. They taught us that God will judge everyone. And they taught us that what he decides will last forever. If God permits, we will go beyond those teachings and grow up.

What if some people fall away from the faith? It won’t be possible to bring them back. It is true that they have seen the light. They have tasted the heavenly gift. They have shared in the Holy Spirit. They have tasted the good things of God’s word. They have tasted the powers of the age to come. But they have fallen away from the faith. So it won’t be possible to bring them back. They won’t be able to turn away from their sins. They are losing everything. That’s because they are nailing the Son of God to the cross all over again. They are bringing shame on him in front of everyone. Some land drinks the rain that falls on it. It produces a crop that is useful to those who farm the land. That land receives God’s blessing. But other land produces only thorns and weeds. That land isn’t worth anything. It is in danger of coming under God’s curse. In the end, it will be burned.

Dear friends, we have to say these things. But we are sure of better things in your case. We are talking about the things that have to do with being saved. 10 God is fair. He will not forget what you have done. He will remember the love you have shown him. You showed it when you helped his people. And you show it when you keep on helping them. 11 We want each of you to be faithful to the very end. If you are, then what you hope for will fully happen. 12 We don’t want you to slow down. Instead, be like those who have faith and are patient. They will receive what God promised.

God Keeps His Promise

13 When God made his promise to Abraham, God gave his word. There was no one greater than himself to promise by. So he promised by making an appeal to himself. 14 He said, “I will certainly bless you. I will give you many children.” (Genesis 22:17) 15 Abraham was patient while he waited. Then he received what God promised him.

16 People promise things by someone greater than themselves. Giving your word makes a promise certain. It puts an end to all arguing. 17 So God gave his word when he made his promise. He wanted to make it very clear that his purpose does not change. He wanted those who would receive what was promised to know this. 18 When God made his promise, he gave his word. He did this so we would have good reason not to give up. Instead, we have run to take hold of the hope set before us. This hope is set before us in God’s promise. So God made his promise and gave his word. These two things can’t change. He couldn’t lie about them. 19 Our hope is certain. It is something for the soul to hold on to. It is strong and secure. It goes all the way into the Most Holy Room behind the curtain. 20 That is where Jesus has gone. He went there to open the way ahead of us. He has become a high priest forever, just like Melchizedek.