Here’s a thought I had this morning, ‘How many of the people in the Old Testament made it to Heaven?’
God ‘needs’ us to be righteous so we can enter into heaven. We CANNOT enter and live in heaven if we are tainted by sin. In the Old Testament, being righteous meant obeying the law and yet nobody seemed capable of doing that (from what I can tell.)
The bible says the sacrifices they made were not capable of taking away their sins.
1 The law is only a shadow of the good things that are coming—not the realities themselves. For this reason it can never, by the same sacrifices repeated endlessly year after year, make perfect those who draw near to worship……..4 It is impossible for the blood of bulls and goats to take away sins.
So how could any of them be eligible to enter heaven? There may have been those who repented of sin and became acceptable to God. Perhaps the people of the bible that we read about as being in good standing with God made it to heaven. BUT what about the rest?
Generations of people, tribe after tribe. Did they all just fall short ?
The bible says our own righteousness is like filthy rags (Isaiah 64) but for us living in New Testament times all we have to do is accept Jesus and we get His perfect righteousness. Generations of people, tribe after tribe. God has made it so easy…..and yet so many people aren’t going to make it.