After a three week break while Pastor Michael was in Ghana, the Men on the Grow Bible Study Group met to take up our study of The Book of Revelation. We covered one verse, Revelation 1:8. This is a summary of my notes from that session with some added material:
“’I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God…”
We usually think of this as the beginning and the end, since these are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. But it is much more!
We often use the term A-to-Z to indicate completeness, all things. These words, printed in red, indicating they are the words of Jesus, mean exactly that. In Jesus Christ, co-Creator of all things, is completeness. He IS all things.
Consider the power of the alphabet. The letters can be combined and arranged in an infinite combination to communicate all the knowledge that we possess. As the “Alpha and Omega,” Jesus possesses all knowledge. There is nothing that He can not or does not comprehend.
Therefore, following any other god takes you away from God. It is a flawed faith.
The same is true for following an imaginary Jesus, a Jesus other than the One described in the Bible. We humans have a bad habit of defining Jesus as we would have Him rather than as He is. (See: Can We Go Wrong Following Jesus)
God in all Three Persons (Father, son & Holy Spirit) desires a personal relationship with each of us. When we redefine Jesus as we would have Him, God becomes unapproachable; our faith is as flawed as it would be following false gods or idols. This strips God of being God!
Even if our intentions are in the right place, when we follow a human defined Jesus we are heading in the wrong direction. We can’t be true disciples of Jesus Christ.
“who is, and who was, and who is to come…” (also in red, the words of Jesus)
These are extremely powerful and important words. God (in Three) is not of time. He created both time and space.
In Western Culture, this is extremely difficult for us to comprehend. We are held captive in our interpretation and understanding of all things by our concept of time. All of our experience, frames of reference are bound by time and space… both God’s Creation.
In the West, we tend to view time as linear… with a beginning point and extending in a ray into the future. Other cultures, particularly in the Orient, view time differently.
For millennia, mankind did not have the concept of “zero” in our counting systems. We took a huge step forward when we added a “place holder” for “none” in our counting system.
But how do we measure (comprehend) “nothingness” in time and space?
Neither existed before they were created by God! Pause and think of the implications of that.
So, God (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) exist outside of time and space. Time and space are meaningless to God!
In human understanding, this is how and why God is able to be all places are all times… past, present and future. This is how God can give 100% of His attention to all of us and each of us. This is how He can have that personal relationship He so desires with each of us.
This is also how, in human understanding, God can know “what has happened, what is happening, and what going to happen in the future” as we comprehend things.
“Very truly I tell you,” Jesus answered, “before Abraham was born, I am!” (John 8:58)
Ponder that for a bit!
My thanks to Pastor Michael and the faithful men of this study group.
This blog is part of an ongoing series based on my notes from a weekly Bible Study. For all of the blogs in this study, see: A Study of the Book of Revelation: Index of Blogs
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