Telos Life Course Book 1 - Repentance - Introduction              Back to TLC Home

Salvation, which is often expressed in splendid terms, has degenerated into meaningless jargon. We are all familiar with powerful Bible-based statements such as the following:

• “I am a born-again Christian”
• “I love Jesus”
• “I have received Jesus into my heart”
• “I have been converted”
• “I am saved”
• “I have repented”
• “I am a Spirit-filled Christian”
• “My sins are forgiven”
• “I am a child of God”

Sadly, these expressions are applied by many to what was just a momentary experience. With others, they refer to a complete life-changing work of God. Most folk, however, seem to have experienced something that has partially altered their attitudes and some aspects of their lives.

The full and abundant life that Christ came to bring us, however, escapes most folk. You begin to do things you did not do before such as going to Church, attending Bible studies and helping in other related activities. While this places you within the orbit of God’s saving grace, you are often confused and inwardly question the sufficiency of the experience that you have had. You may slip back into your old routine, believing that Christ, who has now “come onboard” as a companion, will condone whatever sins you casually repeat from the past.  You may hope for a more “real” and exciting experience while struggling with the painful reality that there is something incomplete about your salvation. 

There are many “born-again Christians”  who believe that they are saved and are content with just staying as they are and have always been. They believe, whether they express it as such or not, that salvation allows one to “live as one lusts and go to heaven at last”. In essence there is little or no difference between auto-suggestion, wishful thinking, and faith that relies on a few impoverished texts from the Bible. These texts have been ripped out of their historical and Biblical context and made convenient and user friendly. The TLC course is designed to veer Christians away from the many confused and contradictory teachings on the subject of SALVATION. This confusion has too easily and widely reduced the mighty act of God’s salvation to a magical wand or a psychological quick fix. I pray that God will work in the hearts of all of you who share in this course. May God bring clarity to you and confirmation as to the truth of your own personal salvation.

Salvation is too often taught and accepted as an ‘end’ in itself (the term ‘end’  is used for ‘goal’ or ‘destination’; in Greek it is ‘telos’ ). When salvation is taken as an end in itself, then the failure of the Law in the Old Testament is again repeated in the New Testament. The Law and the Gospel of Salvation are both ‘means’ to exactly the same ‘end’. When a ‘means’ becomes an ‘end’ in itself, it fails to fulfil its purpose.  The Law and the Gospel of Salvation are both “means” to bring you to God, which is its purpose or “end”. This gives a new direction to life. This continually, meaningfully and drastically changes the total person.

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