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‘” I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,’ says the Lord, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty'”

 

God now signs the Book of Revelation. No other book of the Bible has God’s imprimatur by His name. This is God’s autograph. Jesus signs in as God Almighty. He signs it with the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet, the A and Z, in English. He is the predominant theme of the Book of Revelation. 

I am the Alpha

The “Alpha” is the first letter of the Greek alphabet. The New Testament uses Alpha as the first in a series with the idea of significance or importance. Secular literature designated Alpha and Omega as the entire universe. This title could mean that Jesus holds dominion over the whole universe. He is the “A” and “Z” of everything. 

Alpha, then, is a title of Christ. Since Alpha is both a designation of God the Father and of Christ, with the same parallel (first and last), it affirms the deity of Christ. What the Holy Spirit applies to the Father, He applies to the Son. These terms refer to the eternal God. They comprehend His dynamic activity in all creation.

“For of Him and through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever. Amen” (Romans 11:36).

and the Omega,

“Omega” is the last letter of the Greek alphabet. God is the end of all things. God is both the beginning (Alpha) and the end (Omega) of all things. God is both the source and the goal of all creation. Nothing transcends Him. He is absolute God; His aseity means He is the One in whom all other things find their source, existence, and continuance. Omega figuratively means “last.” God is both the beginning and the end of all things. His glory is the goal of all creation.

The title Alpha and Omega refers to Christ’s all-comprehensiveness (Re 1:8,11; 21:6; 22:13). He is all-inclusive in His sphere of authority and status. Only John uses this name for God (Re 1:8; 21:6). He also applies this term to Jesus (Re 22:13; cf. 1:17; 2:8). Jesus calls Himself “Alpha and Omega” four times in the Book of Revelation.

the Beginning and the End, says the Lord,

The use of Alpha and Omega with the “first and last” defines its meaning. God is the beginning and the end of all things. “First and last” occurs in Isaiah 41:4 and 44:6. He is the Eternal One. He is the ever-present power. 

“The Beginning and the End” is similar to “Alpha and Omega.” Jesus is the start and finish (Re 1:17; 21:6).

“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2).

Jesus originates and consummates our faith. He will bring His plans to fruition in time and eternity. 

Principle:

Jesus Christ is the goal of all creation.

Application:

The purpose of creation is that we recognize God’s glory in the world manifested in Christ. That is also the purpose of our individual lives. We should make God known to the world for who and what He is. His glory is majestic; we should make it majestic to those we know.

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