One of God’s names is “Alpha and Omega”.*
I compiled a list of His names and attributes many years ago. It proved quite the undertaking. After all, God is EVERYTHING that is good, righteous, and holy. While my list is probably not all-inclusive, it is quite extensive (I would be happy to send it to you. Just send an email with your request).
These pages will highlight many of those names and attributes and can be a springboard for your personal devotions or Bible study. Come back often and see what I’ve added. May God bless you as you discover more about Him and grow in grace!
ALPHA AND OMEGA (By Janine Mick Wills)
We’ve all heard the expression “From A to Z”. This statement is meant to include everything from the beginning of something to its end.
Alpha and Omega are the first and last letters in the Greek alphabet. Since the Old Testament was written in Hebrew and Aramaic and the New Testament was written in Greek, it stands to reason that these two terms are only found in the latter Testament. And God only refers to Himself as the Alpha and Omega in the book of the Revelation.
- Revelation 1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
- Revelation 1:11 Saying, I am Alpha and Omega, the first and the last…
- Revelation 21:6 And he said unto me, It is done. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the water of life freely.
- Revelation 22:13 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.
God, the Alpha, is the Creator, the Initiator of all things (Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. John 1:3 All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made. Colossians 1:16, 17 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him. And he is before all things, and by him all things consist).
God, the Omega, is the One Who will determine the end of this age/world and the beginning of eternity (Matthew 24:26 But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only). Since God is the Originator and the One Who completes time and space, Christ is “the author and finisher of our faith” (Hebrews 12:2).
What was determined of Christ before the foundation of the world (Hebrews 9:26 For then must he often have suffered since the foundation of the world: but now once in the end of the world hath he appeared to put away sin by the sacrifice of himself.) will be completed when we see Him and receive a perfect body (1 John 3:2 Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is. 1 Corinthians 15:53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality).
Christ is the author and finisher of our faith.
In the book of Isaiah, God refers to Himself as the first and the last (Isaiah 41:4 Who hath wrought and done it, calling the generations from the beginning? I the LORD, the first, and with the last; I am he. Isaiah 44:6 Thus saith the LORD the King of Israel, and his redeemer the LORD of hosts; I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God. Isaiah 48:12 Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called; I am he; I am the first, I also am the last). In these verses, God claims Himself as first in place, time, and rank and last as the hind or hindmost. He is complete within Himself and encompasses everything.
Because God was there in the beginning and will be there until the end, we can place our confidence and trust in Him. Has He not promised to always be there? (Hebrews 13:5 I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. Matthew 28:20 And, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. The latter was given directly to the apostles, but by virtue of the command proceeding it—“Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you”— it also applies to those who would follow and do the same thing).
Is God the Alpha and Omega in your life? Do you please Him in all your desires, plans, and ambitions? When you face Him at the Judgment Seat of Christ, will He be able to say, “Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord”? (Matthew 25:21) If not, admit that to God right now and from this day forward, make Him your “all in all” (1 Corinthians 15:28).
God’s perfect Alphabet art Thou,
Of truth, the kernel, and the crown;
Eternal Word to whom we bow,
The Lord of glory and renown,
The First and Last, oh wondrous sight!
The First and Last of love and light.
The Alpha and Omega true,
Inclusive this of all between.
Sum total of the Old and New,
Of things invisible and seen,
The First and Last, oh precious thought,
The First and Last who sought and taught.
–C. R. Rolls