This is it EXACTLY! We are justified through FAITH. Sanctification has no bearing on justification! ‘There is no one good, not even one, only God,’ the Psalmist says. It is CHRIST in us who makes us HOLY, not our own efforts or good works!
“Lets clarify Salvation by Grace through Faith and Works. The difference between Justification, being saved and Sanctification, doing Gods work.
Justification is the work of God where the righteousness of Jesus is reckoned to the sinner so the sinner is declared by God as being righteous under the Law (Rom. 4:3; 5:1; 5:9, Gal. 2:16; 3:11). This righteousness is not earned or retained by any effort of the saved.
Justification is an instantaneous occurrence with the result being eternal life. It is based completely and solely upon Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross (1 Pet. 2:24) and is received by faith alone. (Eph. 2:8-9).
NO WORKS are necessary whatsoever to obtain justification. Otherwise, it is not a gift (Rom. 6:23). Therefore, we are justified by Faith (Romans 5:1).
Sanctification is the process of being set apart for God’s work and being conformed to the image of Christ. This conforming to Christ involves the work of the person. But it is still God working in the believer to produce more of a godly character and life in the person who has already been justified (Phil. 2:13).
Sanctification is not instantaneous because it is not the work of God alone. The justified person is actively involved in submitting to God’s will, resisting sin, seeking holiness, and working to be more godly (Gal. 5:22-23).
Significantly, sanctification has NO bearing on justification. That is, even if we don’t live a perfect life, we are still justified.”