“One comes to eternal life by way of work.”

Magnalia Dei (1909) by Herman Bavinck
Magnalia Dei (1909) by Herman Bavinck

. . . God created man good and according to his own image in order that he might rightfully know God his Creator, heartily love Him, and live with Him in eternal blessedness to praise and glorify Him. The final purpose of man lay in the eternal blessedness, in the glorification of God in heaven and on earth. In order to enter into the rest of God he first had to finish God’s work. The way to heaven goes through the earth and over the earth. The entrance to the Sabbath is opened by the six days of work. One comes to eternal life by way of work.

—Herman Bavinck, Magnalia Dei, 2nd ed. (Kampen: Kok, 1931 [PDF: Delpher, NeoCalvinism.org]), 200; English trans.: Our Reasonable Faith, trans. Henry Zylstra (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 1956), 217.