Q. When I read Rev. 22:11 I understand what the Lord means when He speaks of the unrighteous, but what is the difference between the righteous and the holy? The Lord imparted His righteousness to me when I believed and received his holy sacrifice for my sins. Since I am then robed in the righteousness of my Lord Jesus Christ, am I not also Holy? I desire to be both. ( I want to love what Jesus loves and hate what Jesus hates. ) I am trusting the Holy Spirit to form the character of Jesus in me. Thank you for sharing your godly knowledge and wisdom.
A. A righteous person is one who is innocent, faultless where God’s law is concerned. A righteousness from God, apart from the Law, has been imputed to us because of our faith in Jesus Christ (Romans 3:22-24).
To be holy is to be sacred, or set apart for the Lord. We are set apart, having been made Holy by His death. Ephesians 5:25-27 says He gave Himself up for us to make us holy.
Because of our faith in what the Lord has done for us, we are both righteous and holy in God’s sight. Our great challenge now is to live up to what we have already attained (Phil 3:16).
Although we can never hope to meet God’s standards until He changes us from mortal to immortal (1 Cor. 15:53), doing our best to live in a manner pleasing to him is the best way we have of expressing the gratitude we feel for what He’s done for us.
“Therefore I urge you, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God – this is your spiritual act of worship” (Romans 12:1).