Where justification is a legal declaration that is instantaneous sanctification is a process where justification comes from outside of us from god sanctification comes from god within us by the work of the holy spirit in accordance with the bible in other words we contribute to sanctification through our efforts. The words justification and sanctification have largely fallen out of use in western culture sadly they are also fading from sight in the christian church one reason this decline is distressing is that the bible uses the words justification and sanctification to express the saving work of christ . Justification is a one time act of god which makes it complete and finished 14 sanctification is a continual process since a believer is not completely freed from sin until the day of resurrection justification addresses the sinners guilt for committing sins sanctification addresses sins power and corruption over a believers life. Justification is a legal term which changes the believing sinners standing before god declaring him acquitted and accepted by god with the guilt and penalty of his sins put away forever justification is the sentence of the judge in favor of the condemned man clearing him of all blame and freeing him of every charge. What is the difference between justification and sanctification i am thankful that this is a frequent question that i get as a pastor thankful because people are thinking but also because this is so important after all we are talking about our standing before god in short justification means
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