The Old and New Testaments teach that the righteous person lives by faith, freely committing their entire self to God, seeking only to know and do God’s will.
God’s reply to the plea of the Old Testament Prophet Habakkuk is, “the righteous shall live by his faith” (Habakkuk 2:4b). And, in the New Testament the author of Hebrews teaches that God states, “my righteous one shall live by faith, and if he shrinks back, my soul has no pleasure in him” (Hebrews 10:38).
It is through a total surrendering of self to God, desiring only to know and do His will that a righteous life is lived. Righteousness is not achieved in a singular act of surrendering to the Lord. Rather, righteous is achieved through series of daily actions of surrendering self to God, to know and do God’s will. The righteous entrust their state in life, each event in the life, their entire being to the Lord. Eternal salvation is achieved through a life lived in faith.