Revelation 1:8 Alpha and Omega
The Beginning of Wisdom
“I am the Alpha and Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”
One of the first nomenclature we have of God’s name is “I AM”. Of course, there is no way to speak of the unfolding self-revelation we have of God through the Scriptures in this brief article but suffice it to say; He is. I risk being redundant here but I’m not capable of explaining this great truth without repeating myself. He is everything, from start to finish. He started it and he will finish it.
The wording of this passage is often misquoted in the tenses that God is giving to the Revelator John; is, was, and is to come. It is not natural to state it that way. We would say; was, is, and is to come. Not the Almighty. His work and word are always a right now thing. What was and what is to come is unaltered by what is happening right now. We cannot alter the past; its revelation or its history. We are not in control of the future; he will accomplish his sovereignty in this creation no matter what our actions may be. Our only hope is to believe in him now. Our only glimpse into the attributes, nature, and sovereignty of God are possible by our bowing before him now.
Our hope is in Christ. He is the revelation of the Father to men. “No one has ever seen God; the only God, who is at the Father’s side, he has made him known.” John 1:18 Jesus is. God of creation, Jesus. God of the Patriarchs and Prophets, Jesus. God of the new covenant, Jesus. God to come, Jesus. We serve the God who is, who was, and who is to come.
He is not a set of rules. He is not a creed. He is not a way of life. He is. Right now, and forever. He has ordained relationship with his creation. He has revealed himself by his Word. He has created us to know, love, and worship him. He is everything from A to Z. He is the Almighty.
Take heart and don’t let the enemy discourage you from seeking the wisdom God has promised to those who believe. Christ is victorious. He has overcome the world. He is now and he was then and he shall ever be the Christ, the Son of the living God.
Wisdom begins in absolute truth. He is the Almighty. Bless His Holy name!!!