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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Beginning and the End

Alpha & Omega

Definition

The term Alpha and Omega comes from the phrase "I am the alpha and the omega" (Koiné Greek: τὸ Α καὶ τὸ Ω), an appellation of Jesus[2] in the Book of Revelation (verses 1:8, 21:6, and 22:13). The first part of this phrase ("I am the Alpha and Omega") is first found in Chapter 1 verse 8, and is found in every manuscript of Revelation that has 1v8. Several later manuscripts repeat "I am the Alpha and Omega" in 1v11 too, but it does not receive support here from most of the oldest manuscripts, including the Alexandrine, Sinaitic, and Codex Ephraemi Rescriptus. It is, therefore, omitted in some modern translations. Scholar Robert Young stated, with regard to "I am the Alpha and Omega" in 1v11, that the "oldest [manuscripts] omit" it.[3]Its meaning is found in the fact that alpha (Α) and omega (Ω) are respectively the first and last letters of the Classical (Ionic) Greek alphabet. This would be similar to referring to someone in English as the "A and Z". Thus, twice when the title appears it is further clarified with the additional title "the beginning and the end" (Revelation 21:6, 22:13).

What does the Bible say? 

Revelation 1:8   8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”   
Revelation 21:6  And he said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. To the thirsty I will give from the spring of the water of life without payment. 
Isaiah 44:6  Thus says the Lord, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the Lord of hosts: “I am the first and I am the last; besides me there is no god. 
Isaiah 48:12 “Listen to me, O Jacob, and Israel, whom I called! I am he; I am the first, and I am the last. 

Personally......

Today marks the final entry for the A-Z Challenge. I hope that my posts regarding the attributes of God have been a benefit to you and that you see Him in the light of the Scriptures. There are many things said about God that just aren't true. God is Just, Holy and Perfect. He sacrificed His Son to take on all the sins of the world and pay our penalty. No amount of good deeds can make us right with God. We must acknowledge our rebellion against Him as we have done things our own way. When accept Jesus Christ, follow Him, and turn from our selfish ways we become God's child and live with Him forever. If you have more questions on this topic my ministry website is: www.healingwoundedhearts.net 


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5 comments:

Jen Chandler said...

We made it! I'm proud of you for stepping up to this challenge to introduce your blog into the world :D Well done! I'm excited to see where it will go for you from here on out!

Cheers,
Jen

YVONNE LEWIS: said...

Congratulations on finishing the Challenge, and on finishing on a high note. A wonderful post.
Thank you for a month of pure joy of writing.

Yvonne.

Pam Williams said...

Our writers' group posted attributes of God for the A to Z also. (http://www.1stwrites.blogspot.com)
It's so interesting to see the different approaches. Thanks for participating--I've enjoyed your posts.
Blessings on your ministry!
Pam at 2 Encourage

Healing Wounded Hearts said...

Jen- Thanks for the nudge to do this.

Yvonne- Thanks for your regular words of encouragement

Pam- Thanks for the visit. I will be checking out your blog.

Andy David said...

Congratulations on completing the A-Z Challenge! Just stopping by to say hello from the 2013 Post A-Z Road Trip!
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