12/09/19: Revelation 1:1-20; Psalm 128;1-8; Proverbs 29:18
I can think of no more powerful expressions used to denote the full power and omnipotence of the Lord than two that are written in Revelation 1.
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.
Revelation 1: 17 When I saw him, I fell at his feet as though dead. Then he placed his right hand on me and said: “Do not be afraid. I am the First and the Last. 18 I am the Living One; I was dead, and now look, I am alive for ever and ever! And I hold the keys of death and Hades.
I think most of are familiar with the fact that “Alpha” is the first letter in the Greek alphabet and that “Omega” is the last. And in His deity the Lord is the totality of and encompasses all things. With my human limitations the full reality of this concept is difficult to comprehend. The authors of the ‘Got Questions” website present some thoughts that help me begin to comprehend:
Christ, as the Alpha and Omega, is the first and last in so many ways. He is the “author and finisher” of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), signifying that He begins it and carries it through to completion. He is the totality, the sum and substance of the Scriptures, both of the Law and of the Gospel (John 1:1, 14). He is the fulfilling end of the Law (Matthew 5:17), and He is the beginning subject matter of the gospel of grace through faith, not of works (Ephesians 2:8-9). He is found in the first verse of Genesis and in the last verse of Revelation. He is the first and last, the all in all of salvation, from the justification before God to the final sanctification of His people.