Today’s bible verse is Revelation 1:8: “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.”
This particular verse, using the Greek letters for the first and the last, is familiar to many Christians. Just as we who speak English might say, “Everything from A to Z,” to mean everything from the very beginning to the very end; those speaking or writing in Greek would use “Alpha” and “Omega.” Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet, and Omega is the last.
Since its original writing, the bible has been translated many times, perhaps most notably, into Greek. It is from this translation that we use the Greek letters Alpha and Omega.
Many Christians, without any doubt whatsoever, believe that God is, in fact, the beginning, all that is in between, and the ultimate end. In its simplest terms, it may paint the picture of time from the creation in the Garden of Eden to the culmination of all that exists, or The Last Days (The Second Coming, Armageddon). This ultimate end is the subject of Escatology, a most difficult topic to even begin to fully understand.
An interesting question might be, if God is, in fact, the beginning and end of all creation, how could Jesus, a man born well after the Garden of Eden, claim to be the beginning? For that matter, since the end had not yet happened, how could he claim to be the ultimate end as well? It may sound like a riddle wrapped in an enimga, yet is really quite simple.
The Lord God speaking these words is not a mortal, but God. He is the one who can take credit for all that was, all that is, and all that is yet to be. We often say or sing, “As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be.” This is the essence that this verse is attempting to capture and teach us once again. God was, is and will be. Nothing could or should come before or after Him.
Notes on the Bible by Albert Barnes explains the beginnings of this chapter in Revelation with the knowledge and expertise of a theologian, yet withan understandable simplicity that we can gain by reading: The announcement that the object of the book is to record a revelation which the Lord Jesus Christ had made of important events which were shortly to occur, and which were signified by an angel to the author, John, Rev 1:1-3. A blessing is pronounced on him who should read and understand the book, and special attention is directed to it because the time was at hand when the predicted events would occur.
Salutation to the seven churches of Asia, Rev 1:4-8. To those churches, it would seem from this, the book was originally dedicated or addressed, and two of the chapters Rev. 2-3 refer exclusively to them. Among them evidently the author had resided Rev 1:9, and the whole book was doubtless sent to them, and committed to their keeping. In this salutation, the author wishes for them grace, mercy, and peace from “him which is, and which was, and which is to come” – the original fountain of all light and truth – referring to the Father; “from the seven Spirits which are before the throne” – referring to the Holy Spirit (see the note on Rev 1:4), by whom all grace is communicated to people; and from the Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the revelation is imparted. As it is his revelation, as it is designed especially to glorify him, and as it predicts the final triumph of his religion, the author appends to this reference to him a special ascription of praise, Rev 1:5-8. He refers to the great work which he had done for his people in redeeming them, and making them kings and priests to God; he assures those to whom he wrote that he would come in glory to the world again, and that all eyes would see him; and he represents the Redeemer himself as applying to his own person a title – “Alpha and Omega,” “the beginning and the ending” – which indicates his exalted nature, and his supreme authority.
The commission of the writer, or his authority for thus addressing the churches of Asia, Rev 1:9-20. His authority to do this is derived from the fact that the Lord Jesus had appeared to him personally in his exile, and had directed him to reveal what he saw in vision, and to send it to those churches. The statement of this commission is made as impressive as it well could be:
Columbia Prayer Chain
Monday, November 28
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