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... to the inclusion of the fire, associated with final judgement, there is strong indication that the products of thorns are condemned by God. This condemnation is equal to the apostate not being able to enter repentance, where salvation rather than condemnation can be found. While the previously enlightened apostate had blessings to work with, “the individual who renounces his identity as a member of the new covenant community in turn revokes the covenant blessings in exchange for curses.” Attridge declares, “there is no doubt about the finality of the judgement on apostates.” However, the apostates were given due chance to avoid such a fate when they were a part of the enlightened. The had the “basic teachings” and the “foundations” and the resulting blessings (6:4-5) but didn’t “move on” from these toward “perfection” (6:1), at the risk of their chance to repent.
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