many, life is a journey with no destination. The ancient Greeks
described history as an endless cycle of events, perpetually moving
but never arriving. Like the Greeks, modern man drifts anchorless
through life, experiencing and responding to each circumstance as
it appears on the horizon but never really getting anywhere.
Christian, however, every event—past, present, and future—moves
toward a goal. Nothing is aimless; God causes all things to work
together to accomplish His purpose (Romans 8:28). To explain this
concept, the New Testament uses the Greek telos, meaning
“end, goal, result, completion,
moves, not in circles, but straight toward the “end of all
things” (I Peter 4:7; Matthew 24:14). It marches toward the
climax of time—toward the complete fulfillment of God’s
purposes. When mankind finally nears the finish line, it will find
that the end is not a place, but a Person. Jesus Christ is the Telos,
the End (Revelation 21:6; 22:13).
entered human history, to the untrained eye His path seemed random,
but He traveled toward one destination, one end goal. He knew that
His way led directly and purposefully to
where He gave up His life to redeem the human race from sin. And
nearing the end of His hours on the cross, He cried, “Tetelestai!
It is finished.” He had perfectly fulfilled the goal His Father
had set for Him.
a telos for history. He had a telos for His Son.
He has a telos for His children. He wants to transform
us until we become like Jesus Christ. Ephesians 4:13 expresses the
telos God plans for us: “Till we all come in the
unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto
a perfect [teleion] man.” The adjective teleion
gives the idea of “complete, mature, grown up into full age.”
Just as infants grow for years before reaching maturity, we will
spend our lives growing into Christ’s teleion character—all
our efforts in discipleship stretch toward this destination (Colossians
1:28). God’s commands are given to encourage His children
to teleion character. “Now the end [telos]
of the commandment is charity out of a pure heart, and of a good
conscience, and of faith unfeigned” (I Timothy 1:5).
Institute International aims to help you toward teleion,
Christlike character, lighting the way to the glorious Telos
Who waits at the end of your journey.