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Hebrews 6:1-20

1Therefore let us move beyond the elementary teachings about Christ and be taken forward to maturity, not laying again the foundation of repentance from acts that lead to death,6:1 Or from useless rituals and of faith in God, 2instruction about cleansing rites,6:2 Or about baptisms the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment. 3And God permitting, we will do so.

4It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit, 5who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age 6and who have fallen6:6 Or age, 6 if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance. To their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace. 7Land that drinks in the rain often falling on it and that produces a crop useful to those for whom it is farmed receives the blessing of God. 8But land that produces thorns and thistles is worthless and is in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned.

9Even though we speak like this, dear friends, we are convinced of better things in your case—the things that have to do with salvation. 10God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown him as you have helped his people and continue to help them. 11We want each of you to show this same diligence to the very end, so that what you hope for may be fully realized. 12We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.

The Certainty of God’s Promise

13When God made his promise to Abraham, since there was no one greater for him to swear by, he swore by himself, 14saying, “I will surely bless you and give you many descendants.”6:14 Gen. 22:17 15And so after waiting patiently, Abraham received what was promised.

16People swear by someone greater than themselves, and the oath confirms what is said and puts an end to all argument. 17Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of his purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, he confirmed it with an oath. 18God did this so that, by two unchangeable things in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled to take hold of the hope set before us may be greatly encouraged. 19We have this hope as an anchor for the soul, firm and secure. It enters the inner sanctuary behind the curtain, 20where our forerunner, Jesus, has entered on our behalf. He has become a high priest forever, in the order of Melchizedek.

Knijga O Kristu

Hebrejima 6:1-20

1Prestanimo zato stalno iznova ponavljati temeljna znanja o Kristu. Pođimo radije dalje i sazrijevajmo u razumijevanju. Ne moramo opet počinjati ispočetka, o važnosti odvraćanja od mrtvih djela i o vjeri u Boga. 2Ne trebaju vam više upute o krštenjima, polaganju ruku, uskrsnuću od mrtvih i vječnome sudu. 3Pođimo stoga, uz Božje dopuštenje, dalje.

4Nije moguće da se ponovno obrate oni koji su već bili prosvijetljeni i okusili nebeski dar te postali dionicima Svetoga Duha, 5koji su okusili dobru Božju riječ i silu budućega svijeta, 6a zatim su otpali od Boga. Oni se ne mogu ponovno obratiti jer svojim postupcima sami iznova pribijaju Sina Božjega na križ i izvrgavaju ga ruglu.

7Jer kad se zemlja natopi kišom što na nju često pada i kad rađa dobrim plodovima korisnima rataru, prima blagoslov od Boga. 8Ali rastu li na njoj samo trnje i drač, odbačena je, pod prokletstvom, i bit će spaljena.

9Iako tako govorimo, uvjereni smo, dragi moji, da je s vama dobro i da ste na putu spasenja. 10Jer Bog nije nepravedan. Neće zaboraviti vaše djelo: da ste mu iskazali ljubav brinući se o drugoj braći, što i sada činite. 11Žarka nam je želja da sve do konca budete tako gorljivi da se ispuni vaša nada. 12Tako nećete duhovno otupjeti i postati ravnodušnima, nego slijediti primjer onih koji su zbog svoje vjere i strpljivosti postali baštinicima Božjih obećanja.

Božje obećanje daje nadu

13Kad je Bog Abrahamu dao obećanje, kako se nije imao zakleti kime većim, zakleo se samim sobom:

14“Izobilno ću te blagosloviti

i dat ću ti brojne potomke.”6:14 Postanak 22:17.

15Abraham je strpljivo čekao i dočekao da Bog ispuni obećanje.

16Ljudi se uvijek zaklinju nekime tko je veći od njih te tako zakletvom, kao potvrdom istine, završavaju svaku raspravu. 17Bog je zakletvom zajamčio baštinicima svojih obećanja da neće promijeniti odluku. 18Bog nam je dao svoje obećanje i svoju zakletvu. To dvoje ne može se promijeniti zato što Bog ne može prevariti. Stoga se mi koji smo se njemu utekli možemo hrabro držati nade koju nam je dao.

19To je pouzdanje poput čvrstog i pouzdanog sidra našim dušama. Uvodi nas iza zastora, u nebo, u Božje svetište. 20Isus je onamo već ušao za nas. Postao je vječnim Velikim svećenikom, sličan Melkisedeku.