The Beginning and the End

And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. (Revelation 21.5-6)

This passage reminds me of other biblical texts. Isaiah heard God say, “Do not call to mind the former things, or ponder things of the past. Behold, I will do something new…” (Isaiah 43.18-19).

Centuries later Paul wrote, “Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come” (2 Corinthians 5.17).

God can take people and re-create them, and will someday create “a new heaven and earth” for the saints whose lives He has renewed.

“I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end.”

We have heard this claim before; it was made by the risen Christ back in chapter one, verse eight.

Alpha is the first letter of the Greek alphabet and omega the last. The text goes on to amplify that statement. God is the beginning and the end. The word for beginning is archē; it means more than just the first in time but also first in the source of all things.

The word for end is telos, and means not only the end in point of time but also the goal.

The great truth of the statement is this: All life begins in God and ends in God. Paul expressed this same concept, “For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things” (Romans 11.36).

grace to you all, peaceBill