Over 280 years ago, James Black, at his own expense, built Gannochy Bridge near Edsell, in Angus Scotland. His tombstone bears these words: “No bridge on earth can be a bridge to heaven, yet let to generous deed, due praise be given.” He is correct. We should give honest praise and recognition to those who perform generous deeds on earth. But he speaks a more important truth to those who see his tombstone in saying, “No bridge on earth can be a bridge to heaven,” because it is common for many to erroneously believe that their good deeds will get them into heaven. The Bible clearly states that it is “By grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works lest any man should boast.” That’s because no human is good enough to earn his or way to heaven. It took the sinless Son of God to pay off our sin debt. When He died on the cross, He said, “It is finished,” meaning that everything that was necessary to provide eternal life has been done.
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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