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I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride
beautifully dressed for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s
dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and
God himself will be with them and be their God. ‘He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be
no more death’ or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”
In a loud voice they were saying: “Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth
and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”
Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live
on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language and people.
For here we do not have an enduring city, but we are looking for the city that is to come.
For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not
perish but have eternal life.
For we know that if the earthly tent we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal
house in heaven, not built by human hands. Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed instead with
our heavenly dwelling, because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. For while we are in
this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed
instead with our heavenly dwelling, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. Now the one
who has fashioned us for this very purpose is God, who has given us the Spirit as a deposit,
guaranteeing what is to come. Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at
home in the body we are away from the Lord. For we live by faith, not by sight. We are confident, I
say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So we make it our goal to
please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it.
II Corinthians 5:1-9