Are the Elect of God Justified before God before they are saved from their sins ? One of the problems with false religion is that they do not understand that the Elect are Justified before God, legally acquitted from all Punishment for their sins, while they are in a Lost state by Nature, and that is what they need to be saved from. The Elect have always been saved from the penalty of their sins by Election of Grace in Christ ! Its liken to the Prodigal Son, he was always an Heir of Heaven but became estranged or alienated from his Father by his sin ! While being Alienated in a Life of sin, as the prodigal was, so It is with the Elect, they are Lost until they are found by the redemptive work of the Son is effected upon them, upon their conversion and return to God, it is stated thusly Lk 15:24 24 For this my son was dead, and is alive again; he was lost, and is found. And they began to be merry. You see, his lostness was in his estrangement and alienation from God, as it is with the Elect in a lost state Eph 4:18 Having the understanding darkened, being alienated from the life of God through the ignorance that is in them, because of the blindness of their heart: Col 1:21 And you, that were sometime alienated and enemies in your mind by wicked works, yet now hath he reconciled That was the issue with the prodigal, he became alienated and a enemy in his mind when he fell Lk 15:12-13 12 And the younger of them said to his father, Father, give me the portion of goods that falleth to me. And he divided unto them his living. 13 And not many days after the younger son gathered all together, and took his journey into a far country, and there wasted his substance with riotous living. You see, going into sin was like going into a far country ! You know why ? Because he was really an Heir of Heaven, and when he is restored to right mind, he knows he is really a stranger in this earth,m in this far country. But during all this time before his repentance being granted Lk 15:17 17 And when he came to himself, he said, How many hired servants of my father's have bread enough and to spare, and I perish with hunger! he was always a Justified heir of heaven and beloved of his Father, but he did because of his willful alienation need to be saved from a Lost condition, but he was always forgiven and a heir of heaven !