For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
A Sabbath rest remains, therefore, for God's people.
By faith he stayed as a foreigner in the land of promise, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, co-heirs of the same promise.
For he was looking forward to the city that has foundations, whose architect and builder is God.
And therefore from one man-- in fact, from one as good as dead-- came offspring as numerous as the stars of heaven and as innumerable as the grains of sand by the seashore.
These all died in faith without having received the promises, but they saw them from a distance, greeted them, and confessed that they were foreigners and temporary residents on the earth.
Now those who say such things make it clear that they are seeking a homeland.
If they had been remembering that land they came from, they would have had opportunity to return.
But they now aspire to a better land-- a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.
Instead, you have come to Mount Zion, to the city of the living God (the heavenly Jerusalem), to myriads of angels in festive gathering,
Get up and leave, for this is not your place of rest, because defilement brings destruction-- a grievous destruction!
And I say this, brothers: the time is limited, so from now on those who have wives should be as though they had none,
For our momentary light affliction is producing for us an absolutely incomparable eternal weight of glory.
So we do not focus on what is seen, but on what is unseen; for what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
For we know that if our earthly house, a tent, is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.
And, in fact, we groan in this one, longing to put on our house from heaven,
since, when we are clothed, we will not be found naked.
Indeed, we who are in this tent groan, burdened as we are, because we do not want to be unclothed but clothed, so that mortality may be swallowed up by life.
And the One who prepared us for this very thing is God, who gave us the Spirit as a down payment.
Therefore, though we are always confident and know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord--
for we walk by faith, not by sight--
yet we are confident and satisfied to be out of the body and at home with the Lord.
but our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
So if you have been raised with the Messiah, seek what is above, where the Messiah is, seated at the right hand of God.
Set your minds on what is above, not on what is on the earth.
For you have died, and your life is hidden with the Messiah in God.
Now the end of all things is near; therefore, be clear-headed and disciplined for prayer.
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.