"No Continuing City"

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Last Updated on May 24, 2015, by eNotes Editorial. Word Count: 149

Context: The writer, expressing his strong belief in the revelation of God through Christ, argues that the new faith of Christianity rises above the faith of the Old Testament. Pointing to the futility of the old sacrificial practices and encouraging the people for their faith in Christ, he defines "faith" as "the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen" and urges the people to persevere in their belief and to accept suffering as a sign of God's love. In a list of admonitions, he exhorts them to cling to the sacrificed Christ and to follow Him in suffering, for the earthly city and the temporal flesh must pass. Only the eternal city and the immortal flesh are of significance:

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Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.

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