They desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one/ولكِنَّهُم يَتَطَلَّعُونَ إِلى وَطَنٍ أَفْضَلَ أَي إِلى الوَطَنِ السَّمَاويّ

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لِذلِكَ قُلْتُ لَكُم: سَتَمُوتُونَ في خَطَايَاكُم. أَجَل، إِنْ لَمْ تُؤْمِنُوا أَنِّي أَنَا هُوَ تَمُوتُوا فِي خَطَايَاكُم
إنجيل القدّيس يوحنّا08/من21حتى24/:”قالَ الرَبُّ يَسُوع (للكتبة والفرّيسيّين): «أَنَا أَمْضِي، وتَطْلُبُونِي وتَمُوتُونَ في خَطِيئَتِكُم. حَيْثُ أَنَا أَمْضِي لا تَقْدِرُونَ أَنْتُم أَنْ تَأْتُوا». فَأَخَذَ اليَهُودُ يَقُولُون: «أَتُراهُ يَقْتُلُ نَفْسَهُ؟ فَإِنَّهُ يَقُول: حَيْثُ أَنَا أَمْضِي لا تَقْدِرُونَ أَنْتُم أَنْ تَأْتُوا!». ثُمَّ قَالَ لَهُم: «أَنْتُم مِنْ أَسْفَل، وأَنَا مِنْ فَوْق. أَنْتُم مِنْ هذَا العَالَم، وأَنَا لَسْتُ مِنْ هذَا العَالَم. لِذلِكَ قُلْتُ لَكُم: سَتَمُوتُونَ في خَطَايَاكُم. أَجَل، إِنْ لَمْ تُؤْمِنُوا أَنِّي أَنَا هُوَ تَمُوتُوا فِي خَطَايَاكُم».”

 

ولكِنَّهُم يَتَطَلَّعُونَ إِلى وَطَنٍ أَفْضَلَ أَي إِلى الوَطَنِ السَّمَاويّ
الرسالة إلى العبرانيّين11/من11حتى16/:”يا إخوَتِي، بِالإِيْمَانِ نَالَتْ سَارَةُ العَاقِرُ هيَ أَيْضًا قُوَّةً على الإِنْجَاب، بَعْدَ أَنْ جَاوَزَتِ السِّنّ، لأَنَّهَا ٱعْتَقَدَتْ أَنَّ الَّذي وَعَدَ أَمِين. لِذلِكَ وَلَدَتْ مِن رَجُلٍ وَاحِد، وقَدْ مَاتَ جَسَدُهُ، نَسْلاً كَنُجُومِ السَّماءِ كَثْرَة، وكَالرَّمْلِ على شَاطِئِ البَحْرِ لا يُحْصَى. بِالإِيْمَانِ مَاتَ جَمِيعُ هؤُلاء، ولَمْ يَنَالُوا الوُعُود، بَلْ رَأَوْهَا وحَيَّوْهَا عَن بُعْد، وٱعْتَرَفُوا بِأَنَّهُم على الأَرْضِ «غُرَبَاءُ ونُزَلاء». فَبِقَولِهِم ذلِكَ يُظْهِرُونَ أَنَّهُم يَطْلُبُونَ وَطَنًا. ولَو كَانُوا يُفَكِّرُونَ في ذلِكَ الوَطَنِ الَّذي خَرَجُوا مِنهُ، لَكَانَ لَهُم فُرْصَةٌ لِلعَودَةِ إِلَيْه. ولكِنَّهُم يَتَطَلَّعُونَ إِلى وَطَنٍ أَفْضَلَ أَي إِلى الوَطَنِ السَّمَاويّ. لِذلِكَ لا يَسْتَحْيِي اللهُ بِهِم أَنْ يُدْعَى إِلهَهُم، فأَعَدَّ لَهُم مَدِينَة.”

I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he
Holy Gospel of Jesus Christ according to Saint John 08/21-24/:”Again he said to them, ‘I am going away, and you will search for me, but you will die in your sin. Where I am going, you cannot come.’Then the Jews said, ‘Is he going to kill himself? Is that what he means by saying, “Where I am going, you cannot come”?’ He said to them, ‘You are from below, I am from above; you are of this world, I am not of this world. I told you that you would die in your sins, for you will die in your sins unless you believe that I am he.’”

 

They desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one
Letter to the Hebrews 11/11-16/:”By faith he received power of procreation, even though he was too old and Sarah herself was barren because he considered him faithful who had promised. Therefore from one person, and this one as good as dead, descendants were born, ‘as many as the stars of heaven and as the innumerable grains of sand by the seashore.’ All of these died in faith without having received the promises, but from a distance they saw and greeted them. They confessed that they were strangers and foreigners on the earth, for people who speak in this way make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of the land that they had left behind, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God; indeed, he has prepared a city for them.”