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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.'”

 

who is and who was and who is to come,

In verse four, John gave this title to the Father and now gives it to Christ. He is the everlasting One. 

“Is” indicates the incarnation. “Was” portrays the Son’s past eternal existence (Jn 1:1). “Is to come” refers to the Second Coming. He will come for His Coronation Day. On that day, the entire world will vindicate His justice. This describes the essential and ongoing nature of His Being. God’s existence spans all time and eternity. 

the Almighty [pantokrator, the all-powerful or all-sufficient One]

“Almighty” means ruler of all. This term comes from two words: all and to hold. God holds all. Revelation uses this term nine times (Re 1:8; 4:8; 11:17; 15:3; 16:7, 14; 19:6, 15; 21:22) for God as all-powerful and omnipotent Creator of the universe (Re 19:6). He is universally supreme

God controls everything and is sovereign. He is omnipotent. The Old Testament uses this term 48 times to translate Saddai, which means the All-Sufficient One. God is not only all-powerful but also all-sufficient. 

Jesus Christ is Almighty God. The Bible uses this title for both the Father and Son.

Is 9:6, “For unto us a Child is born,

Unto us a Son is given;

And the government will be upon His shoulder.

And His name will be called

Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,

Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

This is why Jesus could claim, “I and the Father are one” (Jn 10:30; cf. Jn 14:9). The Father and Son are equal in might. They are co-equals

Principle:

Since Jesus is God Almighty, He should have sovereignty over our lives.

Application:

Jesus is Almighty God. We should give profound attention to this claim of Jesus because it is the reality of who He is. He has the capacity to sustain us in any situation.

As Almighty God, Jesus is able to fulfill the purpose of creation–to manifest God’s glory in time, on earth. 

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