The Alpha and the Omega

David Bast

Read: Revelation 1:8

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God.

Alpha and omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. I’m it, says God. Everything from A to Z comes from me and belongs to me. I’m the beginning and the end—and all that’s in between.

Nothing exists apart from God or outside of God. Yet things have gone terribly wrong in God’s own creation. Some of God’s highest and most glorious creatures have turned against him and seek to destroy everything that’s good. Human beings, made in the very image of God, rejected God and brought death into the world. In a passage that could serve as the outline of the book of Revelation, the apostle Paul explained how God would set things right again. “For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. But each in his own order: Christ the firstfruits, then at his coming those who belong to Christ. Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power . . . The last enemy to be destroyed is death . . . When all things are subjected to him, then the Son himself will also be subjected to him who put all things in subjection under him, that God may be all in all” (1 Cor. 15:22-24, 26, 28).

In the beginning, there was only God. In the end, there will only be God. Plus “those who belong to Christ.” —David Bast

As you pray, meditate on the words “that God may be all in all.”