but our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
He will transform the body of our humble condition into the likeness of His glorious body, by the power that enables Him to subject everything to Himself.
Since all these things are to be destroyed in this way, [it is clear] what sort of people you should be in holy conduct and godliness
as you wait for and earnestly desire the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be on fire and be dissolved, and the elements will melt with the heat.
But based on His promise, we wait for new heavens and a new earth, where righteousness will dwell.
Therefore, dear friends, while you wait for these things, make every effort to be found in peace without spot or blemish before Him.
For God is my witness, how I deeply miss all of you with the affection of Christ Jesus.
since he has been longing for all of you and was distressed because you heard that he was sick.
Hold firmly the message of life. Then I can boast in the day of Christ that I didn't run in vain or labor for nothing.
as you have partially understood us-- that we are your reason for pride, as you are ours, in the day of our Lord Jesus.
For who is our hope, or joy, or crown of boasting in the presence of our Lord Jesus at His coming? Is it not you?
For you are our glory and joy!
How can we thank God for you in return for all the joy we experience because of you before our God,
Just one thing: live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ. Then, whether I come and see you or am absent, I will hear about you that you are standing firm in one spirit, with one mind, working side by side for the faith of the gospel,
Wait for the LORD; be courageous and let your heart be strong. Wait for the LORD.
[A song of ascents.] Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion. It cannot be shaken; it remains forever.
You will be hated by everyone because of My name. But the one who endures to the end will be delivered.
So Jesus said to the Jews who had believed Him, "If you continue in My word, you really are My disciples.
You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.
Remain in Me, and I in you. Just as a branch is unable to produce fruit by itself unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in Me.
And they devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching, to fellowship, to the breaking of bread, and to prayers.
When he arrived and saw the grace of God, he was glad, and he encouraged all of them to remain true to the Lord with a firm resolve of the heart--
strengthening the hearts of the disciples by encouraging them to continue in the faith, and by telling them, "It is necessary to pass through many troubles on our way into the kingdom of God."
eternal life to those who by patiently doing good seek for glory, honor, and immortality;
Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord's work, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
Be alert, stand firm in the faith, be brave and strong.
Christ has liberated us into freedom. Therefore stand firm and don't submit again to a yoke of slavery.
Finally, be strengthened by the Lord and by His vast strength.
Put on the full armor of God so that you can stand against the tactics of the Devil.
For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens.
This is why you must take up the full armor of God, so that you may be able to resist in the evil day, and having prepared everything, to take your stand.
Stand, therefore, with truth like a belt around your waist, righteousness like armor on your chest,
and your feet sandaled with readiness for the gospel of peace.
In every situation take the shield of faith, and with it you will be able to extinguish the flaming arrows of the evil one.
Take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is God's word.
With every prayer and request, pray at all times in the Spirit, and stay alert in this, with all perseverance and intercession for all the saints.
Epaphras, who is one of you, a slave of Christ Jesus, greets you. He is always contending for you in his prayers, so that you can stand mature and fully assured in everything God wills.
For now we live, if you stand firm in the Lord.
May He make your hearts blameless in holiness before our God and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all His saints. Amen.
Therefore, brothers, stand firm and hold to the traditions you were taught, either by our message or by our letter.
You, therefore, my child, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.
For we have become companions of the Messiah if we hold firmly until the end the reality that we had at the start.
Therefore since we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens-- Jesus the Son of God-- let us hold fast to the confession.
Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
So don't throw away your confidence, which has a great reward.
For you need endurance, so that after you have done God's will, you may receive what was promised.
Therefore, dear friends, since you have been forewarned, be on your guard, so that you are not led away by the error of the immoral and fall from your own stability.
But you, dear friends, building yourselves up in your most holy faith and praying in the Holy Spirit,
keep yourselves in the love of God, expecting the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ for eternal life.
Now to Him who is able to protect you from stumbling and to make you stand in the presence of His glory, blameless and with great joy,
to the only God our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, power, and authority before all time, now, and forever. Amen.
Because you have kept My command to endure, I will also keep you from the hour of testing that is going to come over the whole world to test those who live on the earth.
I am coming quickly. Hold on to what you have, so that no one takes your crown.