Unlimited Trust in God Hope is one of the three great virtues (1Cor13:13). Like any other virtue, it grows in the believer until it reaches to its relative perfection. Hope in God’s mercy is unlimited because His mercy is unlimited. But hope cannot be perfected unless it becomes void of any doubt and confirmed with all certainty. This trust must be based on believing in God, His redeeming sacrifice, His perfect attributes, His pervious dealings and in His true promises.
As for God’s attributes, He is unlimited in His mercy, love and forgiveness. He has no pleasure at all in the death of a sinner but rather that he should turn from his way and live (Eze18:23). God’s pervious dealings prove such attributes. The atonement of His blood is unlimited and sufficient for the remission of the sins of the entire world from the beginning of the ages to its end. His abundant true promises give hope to the penitents. By hope we look forward to eternity and work for it.
Trust our own Will Our trust in the efficacy of the blood of Christ for forgiveness and purification is unlimited. But we should not trust our own will which may deviate towards evil; and though having begun in the Spirit, we would be made perfect by the flesh (Gal3:3). Therefore, those who lose their salvation, they lose it not because God is unable to save them, but because their own will deviate towards evil and they ended up without repentance.
All the elect are believers, but not all the believers are elect. The reason is that some of the believers may fall because of trusting themselves which must not lead to spiritual strive, and perish because of the lack of repentance (Lk13:3, 5) to return from their wrong path, and their failure to bear fruits worthy of repentance (Matt3:8; Lk3:8). Those who were justified by the blood of Christ are identified by their fruits (Matt7:16-20); while every branch which does not bear fruit will be cut down from the vine and thrown into fire (Jhn15:2, 6).
Loosing Hope Loosing hope is a sin. Cain fell in this sin after killing his brother when he said, “My punishment is greater than I can bear” (Gen4:13). Judas also fell in this sin and hanged himself (Matt27:5). As a person sins when he looses hope, likewise is the person who depends on false hope based on self-righteousness. It is also a mistake if a person neglects his spiritual striving and caution from fall, depending on the effect of the blood of Christ, thinking that he was purified and became a new man who will not sin.
Surely, we trust in the efficacy of the blood of Christ and in its sufficiency in our life, but at the same time, we admit that we are sinners (1Jhn1:8) and we have to strive in the life of repentance lest sin could lead us to perdition. He who says that he trust attaining the kingdom seems as if he thinks he will not sin; and if he commits a sin, he will repent a real repentance. Indeed, the Bible says, “If anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world” (1Jhn2:1, 2). But it also says, “… unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Lk13:3). So, the Lord warns us saying, “Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent… Remember therefore how you have received and heard; hold fast and repent” (Rev2:5; 3:3). St. Paul also warns us saying, “Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall” (1Cor10:12). He also gives us an example for some believers who had achieved high spiritual levels and received many gifts; and they, not only fell away, but also became near to being cursed and perished. So, he says, “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted the heavenly gift, and have become partakers of the Holy Spirit, and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the age to come, if they fall away, to renew them again to repentance, since they crucify again for themselves the Son of God, and put Him to an open shame. For the earth which drinks in the rain that often comes upon it, and bears herbs useful for those by whom it is cultivated, receives blessing from God; but if it bears thorns and briers, it is rejected and near to being cursed, whose end is to be burned” (Heb6:4-8).
We are already saved, by the blood of Christ through baptism, from the inherited sin; but we are still facing a battle against the spiritual hosts of wickedness (Eph6:12) throughout our days here on earth to conquer and win. Then our salvation will be attained when we put off this flesh. We do not stand before God with a feeling of righteousness as if we are righteous persons who are already regenerated, sanctified, received salvation and assured of attaining the kingdom… Rather, with the feeling of a broken heartedness of the tax-collector who stood before God in humbleness, confessing that we are worthy for condemnation because of our sins, asking Him for forgiveness and salvation. Salvation then is renewed continually through repentance, absolution and partaking of the Lord’s body and blood, that is “given for us for salvation, remission of sins and eternal life to those who partake of it.”