Beginning to end

by Benjamin Burks on December 31, 2010 · 0 comments

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8

From beginning to end, our God is there! What is there for us to fear? What can happen that can change this one undeniable reality? We belong to the God who is always there, who always cares for us, and who will always work to complete the salvation He has promised us! No matter what happens to us tomorrow, or the next day, or the one after that, our destiny lies with the God who stretches from beginning to end and who secures for us life that never ends. I am thankful for the 16,802 days I have had on this earth. I am thankful for all the relationships that I have enjoyed. I am thankful for those with whom I have served in the same yoke for these many years. I am thankful for the eternity I have left. Thank each and every one of you that sent me a birthday wish on this day.

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He says: I am Alpha and Omega. Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. The Lord Jesus is God’s alphabet. The alphabet is an ingenious way of storing the accumulated wisdom of the race. Our literature is composed of various letters of the alphabet arranged in an endless variety of ways. Jesus is the Alpha and the Omega, the first letter and the last, the first and final source of knowledge, understanding, and wisdom. His decrees will be based on omniscience. He cannot be deceived, disputed, discredited, or disconcerted. He could not be when He came the first time to redeem; He cannot be when He comes the second time to reign. His dictates will be full, inexhaustible, and wise, based on infallible knowledge of all the facts, all the forces, all the facets directly or indirectly involved.
Second, He is omnipresent. He says: I am… the beginning and the ending. His omnipresence is stated here in terms of time, but it is just as true in terms of space (see Matt. 18:20). The Lord is present in the midst of any company of His people in any part of the world at any given moment of time. “Lo, I am with you alway,” He says, “even unto the end of the world” (Matt. 28:20). This was David Livingstone’s favorite text. At every crisis in his life he would write it in his diary and add: “It is the word of a Gentleman of the strictest and most sacred honor, and that’s an end of it!” To be present everywhere, what an attribute for a King! No wonder His triumph will be everlasting. Third. He is omnipotent. He says: I am… the Lord which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty. The first part of this expression has already been used to describe the Father (1:4); it is now used to describe the Son. He is God in every sense of the word. He is “the Almighty,” an expression that occurs only ten times in the New Testament, nine of them in Revelation.

John Phillips Commentary Series, The – The John Phillips Commentary Series – Exploring Revelation: An Expository Commentary.

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