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Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ,
us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of
repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,
Of the doctrine of baptisms, and of laying on of hands, and
resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment.
And this will we do, if God permit.
For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened,
have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy
And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the
If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto
seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him
to an open shame.
For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft
and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed,
receiveth blessing from God:
But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is
unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.
But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and
that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.
For God is not unrighteous to forget your work and labour
love, which ye have shewed toward his name, in that ye have ministered
to the saints, and do minister.
And we desire that every one of you do shew the same
to the full assurance of hope unto the end:
That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through
and patience inherit the promises.
For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could
no greater, he sware by himself,
Saying, Surely blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying
will multiply thee.
And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the
For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for
confirmation is to them an end of all strife.
Wherein God, willing more abundantly to shew unto the heirs
promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible
to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge
to lay hold upon the hope set before us:
Which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure
stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;
Whither the forerunner is for us entered, even Jesus, made
high priest for ever after the order of Melchisedec.
Orthodox Library, Pascha, 2008.
Have mercy, O Lord, upon Thy servants
the scribe John, the priest Peter,
Catherine, Zoë, Cosmas, Damian, Nicholas, Patrick, Patrick,
the departed Nicholas,
and the parishioners of the temple of Saint Andrew in Lubbock.
THE END, AND TO GOD BE THE GLORY!