(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.
Christ calls Himself “Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending”.
Folks, Christ is the beginning and the ending of all aspects of our lives… creation; history; truth, understanding and wisdom; the languages of the world; the nations of the world; all worldly authorities; and on a more personal basis, our physical lives, our health, our families, our employment… the list seems endless.
But, for this devotional, I would like us to set our minds upon the most important area of our lives that finds its beginning and completion in the Lord, our redemption…
“Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform [it] until the day of Jesus Christ:” (Philippians 1:6 KJV)
The ESV translates this verse in this way…
“And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6 ESV)
Although, as believers, we were redeemed in times past, we will not receive all the results of the redemptive work of Christ until His second coming. When our Lord comes at His second coming, we will receive our glorified bodies… at this point in time the results of the redemptive work of Christ will reach total fulfillment.
What a wonderful truth for us! Our redemption was begun by our Lord and WILL BE COMPLETED by our Lord at His coming, and we can be SURE of this! We can know with certainty that If He has begun the good work of redemption He will bring it to pass. We are secure in His hands, never to lose our salvation, never to be alienated from Him again, never to face eternal suffering for our sins. If He has redeemed us, we will receive glorified bodies and dwell with Him eternally…
“For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate [to be] conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.
What shall we then say to these things? If God [be] for us, who [can be] against us?” (Romans 8:29-31)
May we all enter our day with joyous, confident hearts knowing that if we have been saved by His grace through faith in Christ, we can know that we will live with Him eternally in our glorified bodies. Let us serve Him with greater appreciation knowing that we find our eternal security in Him and His redemptive work that He will bring to a completion.
May the Lord bless us as we seek to serve Him, the One that is so clearly revealed to us in the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
For an in depth look at this section of the Revelation: