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I AM THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA, THE FIRST AND THE LAST

IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES.

TOPIC: I AM THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA, THE FIRST AND THE LAST

COMPILED/EDITED BY:-
Rev. Innocent Peace-Udochukwu President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM

He said to me: “It is done.
I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End.
To the thirsty I will give water without cost from the spring of the water of life.”
Revelation 21:6

Productivity experts advise clients on ways to efficiently operate to maximize effectiveness. Stephen Covey, in his work: “The 7 habits of Highly Effectively People”, in habit 2, notes that people should: “Begin with the end in mind”. He said that “if your ladder is not leaning against the right wall, every step you take gets you to the wrong place faster”. If we don’t have a purpose and end goal for our actions, then regardless of how cleaver we are or how hard we work, our effort will not effect lasting change. We all need to understand our activities from the beginning to the end.

In Revelation chapter 1 and 21, God identifies himself as “Alpha and Omega.” Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet, and omega is the last letter of the alphabet. In other words God is “the beginning and the end.” But God isn’t speaking about alphabets. He is speaking of reality. God is absolutely the beginning and absolutely the end. Everything that is originates ultimately in him. And everything will somehow end with him. Isaiah puts it like this: “Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god” (Isa. 44:6).
In other words, since everything comes from God and nothing will outlast God, therefore God has no final competitors. “Besides me there is no god!” God has the first word and the last word in history. All other attempts to have the last word will fail.
We exist in time considering where we’ve been and where we are going. If we presumptuously make our plans assuming all the variables or arrogantly thinking we can control all the variables, we are destined for disappointment and ruin. Yet if we cower in fear thinking luck, world forces, or the evil realm will determine our path and problems we are mistaken. God’s sovereignly as the beginning and end, is the one who determines, controls and enables all His holy will. When we understand and submit to Him in this regard, we will lead more fruitful, satisfying and God glorifying lives.

I can’t urge you too often to meditate on the staggering truth that God is the absolute Alpha. Find some serene moment of your life and let the truth take hold of you that God is the FIRST—the BEGINNING. Before him there was nothing. There was no “before him.” Just think of it! For millions and billions and trillions of unending years God existed and never had a beginning. He is the beginning. From everlasting to everlasting, he is God (Psalm 90:2). There never was a time when he was not.
We might marvel that God is infinite, eternal, and unchanging in his justice, wisdom, power, goodness, and truth. But when you pause to think that he never chose to be this way, nor did anyone else choose to make him this way, it staggers the mind. The justice and wisdom and power and goodness and truth of God are eternal reality. The character of God is not what reality brought forth. It is reality. God did not emerge out of many possibilities. Everything emerged out of him. He determines all possibilities. God is not a piece of reality that you try to fit in with other pieces. He is the first and the last and the all-encompassing reality: “In him we live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28).

But the truth that I want us to focus on this morning is that God is Omega. I think that is the focus of our text in Revelation 21:6. The statement, “I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end,” comes in a passage dealing with the end of history. So the special focus in this text is on God as the omega of all things.

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.”—Revelation 22:13.

Alpha was frequently used by the Hebrews to signify the best, just as we are accustomed to use the letter A. We say of a ship, for instance, that it is “A1.” So Jesus Christ may truly be said to be the Alpha, the first in this sense. Call him by whatever title Scripture has affixed to him, and he is the first in it. Is he a prophet? Then all the prophets follow at a humble distance, bearing witness of him. Is he a priest? Then he is the Great High Priest of our profession; he is the fulfilment of all that which the priest did but typically set forth. Let him mount his throne as king, then he is King of kings, and Lord of lords; “his dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation.” If he be the builder of his Church, he is the wise Master-builder; if a shepherd, he is the Great Shepherd who shall appear; if the corner-stone, he is the chief corner-stone—in fact, it mattereth not what title, or which character he beareth, he is in all these respects the Alpha, as much surpassing all things that may be compared to him, as the sun excelleth the stars, or as the sea exceedeth the drops of the dew.

But, beloved, though our blessed Lord is thus Alpha—the first—he was once in his condescension made Omega, the last. How shall I describe the mighty descent of the Great Saviour. Down from the loftiness of his Father’s glory, and from the grandeur of his own divine estate, he stooped to become man. There is a vast distance from the Alpha of Deity, down to that letter which stands for manhood; but to this he came, he was made a little lower than the angels, for the suffering of death. But this is not enough; he stoops lower than man, yea, there is a verse in which he seems to put himself on a level with the least of all creatures that have life—he says, “I am a worm, and no man; a reproach of men, and despised of the people.” His Father forsook him; the wrath of heaven rolled over him. He was so utterly crushed and broken, that he was poured out like water, and brought into the dust of death.

Jesus, as the Alpha and Omega, provides all the divine enablement we need to have a successful Christian life. The concept of Alpha and Omega is similar to what we mean when we say “from A-Z.” This usually implies the idea of completion, covering all things from beginning to end. Jesus identifies Himself in Revelation 22:13 as the Alpha and Omega, which is the same way God identified Himself in the Old Testament because He is God (Isa 44:6). As the Alpha and Omega, Jesus is also the complete revelation and manifestation of God – the very person of God as represented by His character, words, and thoughts.
The Alpha and Omega, in the form of Jesus Christ, is our sufficiency, victory, and identity. There is nothing a believer can face that Jesus Christ isn’t capable of handling. Philippians 1:6 says, “He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.”

Jesus, as the Alpha and Omega, can completely meet the needs of every situation in life that we face. Christ reaches into our circumstances by arranging the delivery of His sufficiency, His ultimate victory, and His identity to bring abundant life to the believer.

Because Jesus Christ is the complete source, from beginning to end, He is to be the center of our faith. The believer should focus on Him by making time with Him a priority. For example, starting and ending the day with God by studying His word and spending time with Him in prayer assists the believer in maintaining this focus. Our fidelity and loyalty to Christ comes with “benefits.” Being attached to the Alpha and Omega means our lives on this earth are covered because He is sufficient. This is true even when circumstances seem out of order and even out of control. God, as the author and finisher of our faith, will bring us to the finish line as we stay focused on our relationship with Jesus Christ. The Alpha and Omega provides everything we need to get from wherever we are to wherever we need to go.

“I am the Alpha and the Omega, saith the Lord God, which is and which was and which is to come, the Almighty” (Rev. 1:8).

No Knowledge Of God Outside Of Christ

One of the titles which the Lord takes to Himself in resurrection is: “the Alpha and the Omega”. The Lord Jesus here presents Himself as “the Living One”, Who was dead, and is alive again – alive for evermore (Rev. 1:18).

Now Jesus says that of Himself: “l am the Alpha and the Omega.” The Word of God tells us that Christ is the fullness of God, and that God will sum up all things in Him. What is more, it shows us that God will never speak to anybody outside of His Son, Jesus Christ. He has bounded all His speech to man by His Son; He has made Christ the compass of all; He has nothing to say, and He will say nothing, outside of His Son. “No one cometh unto the Father, but by Me,” said the Son (John 14:6).

God really is Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. In the beginning he said, “Let there be light.” And for thousands of years the sun has risen every day to make us thirsty for the Light behind the light. And in the end God is going to satisfy that thirst with an experience of his own brilliant beauty beyond all description.
As Isaiah says, “The sun shall be no more your light by day, nor for brightness shall the moon give light to you by night; but the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your God will be your glory. Your sun shall no more go down, nor your moon withdraw itself; for the Lord will be your everlasting light and your days of crying shall be ended” (60:19–20).
At the end of every road is God. You will meet him as light and life or as fire and torment. “To the thirsty he will give water without price from the fountain of the water of life.”
So the Spirit says, “Come!” Let him who hears say, “Come!” And let him who is thirsty come, let him who desires take the water of life without price!” (Revelation 22:17).

And now I am very conscious this morning that I have only ploughed the surface; I wish I could drive into the subsoil of such a glorious text as this, but I suppose that the ploughman who can do this, had need to have been caught up to the third heaven, and even then would fail. Who shall know anything of God but those who have seen him, and have beheld his glory in heaven? As for us, our eyes are holden. We have Jesus among us, but we perceive not his excellent glory; but like Peter, and James, and John, we sleep while Jesus is transfigured. The theme is far too high for me. Who can know God but God? Who can reveal him but the only-begotten? And who can comprehend the fulness of him who is the beginning and the end, the first and the last? It is enough if we have a saving acquaintance with the Redeemer, enough for our peace and joy, but gracious Lord, teach us more. Amen.

SHALOM!

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