Mark Twain, was an American writer, humorist, and lecturer. Among his novels are The Adventures of Tom Sawyer and its sequel, Adventures of Huckleberry Finn . He once wrote, “Heaven goes by favour. If it went by merit, you would stay out and your dog would go in.” Though he wrote in jest, there is nevertheless truth in what he said. Getting into heaven “is not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saves us.” In other words, entrance into heaven is a favour- not something we earn. Paul the Apostle wrote, “by grace you are saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God, not of works…” And why is that true? Because you and I are sinners by nature and by choice and are unable to make ourselves good enough to enter heaven. It is the greatest of all favours from the Lord.
Pastor Alex Rockwell
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