Returning to the New Testament for a minute, I wanted to examine this passage to see if there are ‘watering-down’ effects.This is a hot button passage – between those who believe that if your reject Christ (after salvation) then there is no hope and those that believe that perhaps it is a hypothesis.
God’s Word to the Nations
New American Standard
New Living Translation
|With 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.||Therefore leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God,||So let us stop going over the basic teachings about Christ again and again. Let us go on instead and become mature in our understanding. Surely we don’t need to start again with the fundamental importance of repenting from evil deeds and placing our faith in God.|
|2 We 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.||2 of instruction about washings, and laying on of hands, and the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.||2 You don’t need further instruction about baptisms, the laying on of hands, the resurrection of the dead, and eternal judgment.|
|3 If God permits, we will do this.||3 And this we shall do||3 And so, God willing, we will move forward to further understanding.|
|4 Some people once had God’s light. They experienced the heavenly gift and shared in the Holy Spirit.||4 For in the case of those who have once been enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and have been made partakers of the Holy Spirit||4 For it is impossible to bring back to repentance those who were once enlightened– those who have experienced the good things of heaven and shared in the Holy Spirit,|
|5 They experienced the goodness of God’s word and the powers of the world to come.||5 and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come||5 who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the power of the age to come–|
|6 Yet, 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.||6 and then have fallen away and then have fallen away, it is impossible to renew them again to repentance, since they again crucify to themselves the Son of God, and put Him to open shame.||6 and who then turn away from God. It is impossible to bring such people back to repentance; by rejecting the Son of God, they themselves are nailing him to the cross once again and holding him up to public shame.|
|7 God blesses the earth. So rain often falls on it, and it produces useful crops for farmers.||7 For ground that drinks the rain which often falls upon it and brings forth vegetation useful to those for whose sake it is also tilled||7 When the ground soaks up the falling rain and bears a good crop for the farmer, it has God’s blessing.|
|8 However, if the earth produces thorns and thistles, it is worthless and in danger of being cursed. In the end it will be burned.||8 but if it yields thorns and thistles, it is worthless and close to being cursed, and it ends up being burned.||8 But if a field bears thorns and thistles, it is useless. The farmer will soon condemn that field and burn it.|
V4 – 6, GWN rearranges the sentence in an easy flowing structure.