I’ve come to believe that God has revealed Himself, most fully through Christ, and that His revelation has been preserved both in Scripture and the Tradition of the Church, which then has the purpose of interpreting and expounding/ teaching on that revelation so that we may hear it-and be changed by it. Through that teaching we learn of the nature and will of God so that we may respond accordingly, beginning with faith. We’re baptized into the Church whereupon we receive forgiveness of sin and are cleansed/purified of it and adopted into God’s family -and then expected to live according to our baptismal vows, seeking to follow God and grow even more in the purity or justice received at baptism. It’s a package deal, a life-long process where there’s no real distinction between justification and sanctification because we’re expected to continue to do the best we can throughout our lives with the gifts we’ve been given, after which God determines our destiny. Meanwhile we can know that He’s trustworthy and true, has only man’s best interest at heart, and we have nothing to worry about if we’ve been following His will, meaning, in shorthand, that we’ve been transformed such that we love as He does, to the best we can as we cooperate with His work in us, and defined as loving Him with our whole heart, soul, mind, and strength and our neighbor as ourselves.