Could it be that you confuse justification and sanctification? It is true as you point out that although justified, believers continue to be tempted and fall into sin. However, it is the work of the Holy Spirit to sanctify us, preparing us for glory that continues until the Lord takes us home. As Pilgrim and afollowerofJesus explained above, a believer is "simul iustus et peccator," simultaneously justified and a sinner. Thus a believer can say that he is ALREADY holy, as he is justified by Christ, and at the same time NOT YET made holy in this life.

The Chestnut Mare