God has prepared a city for His people (Hebrews 11:16), who are people of faith (the subject of Hebrews 11). This city is New Jerusalem. And, by faith we “have come forward to…the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem” (Hebrews 12:22).
God has prepared New Jerusalem. We do not see the city with our eyes but “faith is the substantiation of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen” (Hebrews 11:1).
This faith does not come from our determination. This faith does not come from convincing ourselves. Faith comes from God:
Acts 14:27 “God opened a door of faith.”
Romans 10:17 “Faith comes out of hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.”
2 Peter 1:1 “Simon Peter…to those who have been allotted faith equally precious as ours in the righteousness of our God and Savior, Jesus Christ.”
We have faith because God has allotted it to us. In 2 Peter 1:1 many English translations say that we have received/obtained like precious faith. It does not originate in us; God allotted faith to us and we received it from God.
Other verses speak of our faith and indicate that we do need to exercise faith. True! But we must remember that “our faith” does not originate with us.
By this faith we give attention to the unseen, eternal things. By faith come forward to and substantiate New Jerusalem.