By Spurgeon

There is no way to heaven, whatever your
hopes may be, but through Christ.

There is no way to the gates of pearl but
through the bleeding side of Jesus.

These are the gates of paradise- these bleeding wounds.

If you would find your way to God's bright
throne, find first your way to Jesus' cross.

If you would know the way to happiness, tread
in that path of misery which Jesus trod.

What! Attempt another way?

Are you mad enough to think that you can rend the posts,
and bars, and gates of heaven, from their perpetual places,
and force your way in by your imagined strength?

Or do you think to purchase with your riches and your
gold a foothold in paradise?
Fool! What is your gold where streets are made of it,
and where the gates are solid pearl?
-- where the foundations are of jasper,
and the walls whereof are precious gems?

And do you think to get there by your merits?
Ah! by pride fell the angels, and by your pride you have
fallen. Heaven is not for such as you!