Jesus Said: I Am The Alpha and The Omega - Part III
Saturday, July 21 2018
If you haven't done so yet, I encourage you to read
JESUS SAID: I AM THE THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA - PART I
and JESUS SAID: I AM THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA - PART II
“I AM THE ALPHA AND THE OMEGA,
the First and the Last,
the Beginning and the End.”
“I AM… THE BEGINNING AND THE END” signifies:
1) THE BEGINNING
The last phrase [I am… the Beginning and the End] does not merely repeat the middle. In Greek, the word for “beginning” is “arche”. This is a tremendously loaded term from ancient Greek philosophy, as theologian Robert Wilken explains: “In Greek “arche” does not simply mean “beginning”, that is, “when”; it can also signify the principle that gives coherence to the whole.” (Source: The Spirit of Early Christian Thought) Christ is indeed the “principle” of our being—the one who orders and orchestrates all things both for us as individual persons, as collective members of His Church, and as members of the human race.
2) THE END
The word for “end” here is also a potent term in ancient Greek. It is “telos”. It signifies the end in the sense of the purpose of things… God is the end for which we were made: [He is] our destiny. The reason for which we were created, is to be with Him and to contemplate His glory and beauty forever.
I conclude with John Piper’s words from one of his Desiring God messages:
“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… There never was a time when He was not. (https://www.desiringgod.org/messages/i-am-alpha-and-omega)
And I personally would urge you to meditate on the almost incomprehensible truth that God is the absolute Omega as well: that God is the End, but has no End - that just as there was never anything before Him, there will also never be anything after Him - that for millions and billions and trillions of unending years God will exist without end!
“Before the mountains were born
or You brought forth the earth and the world,
from everlasting to everlasting You are God.”
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