Hebrews 10:26-39

We must not turn away from Jesus Christ

26 Now that we have learned what is true, we must continue to believe in Jesus. If we know God's true message, but we still choose to do wrong things, God will not forgive us. There is no other sacrifice that will take away our sins. 27 We know that God will judge us, and that will make us very afraid. Because we know that God will punish everyone who is against him. That punishment will be a very hot fire that destroys people. 28 In the old agreement, anyone who refused to obey Moses' rules had to die. If two or three people said that he had done a bad thing, that person had to die. They would not forgive him.

10:28Israel's people could not punish someone unless there were two or three people who saw him do a bad thing. If these people could say that he had done a bad thing against God's laws, then the person had to be punished. If someone killed another person, that person should die. See Deuteronomy 17:6; Numbers 35:30.

29 So think about a person who has turned against the Son of God. That person's punishment will surely be much worse! He says that Christ's sacrifice has no value for him. He has made God's new agreement seem like something dirty. It was Christ's death on the cross that made that person clean, so that he belonged to God. But now that person has insulted God's Spirit, who brings God's kind help to us. 30 We know God and his message. And God said this: ‘I am the one who will punish people for their sins. I will give them the punishment that they ought to receive.’ God also said this: ‘The Lord will judge his people.’ 31 Yes, if God takes hold of you to punish you, that will make you very afraid! He is the powerful God who lives for ever.

10:31See Psalm 135:14

32 Remember what happened to you in those early days. When you first understood the message about Christ, you had many troubles. But you continued to be strong. 33 Sometimes people insulted you. They made you ashamed in front of other people. Sometimes you chose to help other Christians who had trouble like that. Their troubles became your troubles. 34 You were kind to Christians who were in prison. When people took away your own things, you still chose to be happy. You knew that you had something better that would belong to you for ever.

10:34People who were enemies of these Christians had taken away the Christians' own things. But nobody can take away what God has given to Christians. God had forgiven these Christians because of Jesus' sacrifice. And he had given them new lives, with a new purpose. They knew that they would always live with God.

35 So continue to be strong in your thoughts. If you continue to trust God, you will receive great things. 36 You need to be patient and strong. Then you will continue to do what God wants. As a result, you will receive what God has promised. 37 This is what the Bible says:

‘In a very short time,

my special servant will come.

He is the one that I promised to send to you.

He will not be late.

10:37See Habakkuk 2:3.

38 The person that I have accepted as right will live.

That person will live because he trusts me.

But if any one is afraid and he turns back,

I will not be happy with that person.’

10:38See Habakkuk 2:4. Christians must continue to trust God when troubles come.

39 But we are not like those people who are afraid and who turn back. If we were, God would destroy us. But we are people who continue to trust God. And so, our lives are safe with God.