Alpha and Omega by Philip Odoemena

By Ikenga Chronicles January 25, 2017

Alpha and Omega by Philip Odoemena

For a starter, it is not that I am confused, far from it. To a certain extent however, I have been mesmerized by the two words; “ALPHA, OMEGA”. Why am I mesmerized? Well! As a lay person (neither a Pastor nor a Preacher), but a Christian, my understanding of the two words, ALPHA and OMEGA, when used, are attributed to God, meaning the beginning and the end. My knowledge and understanding of the Bible is that God has no beginning or ending. Why then did God Himself said that “He is the Alpha and Omega”

A little insight at the origin of the two words may help us understand the true meaning of Alpha and Omega and their application when we reference the words to the eternality of God. The word ALPHA and OMEGA has their origins in the Greek language where the first letter of the Greek alphabet begins with Alpha and the last Greek alphabet ends with Omega hence symbolizing “beginning and ending”.

Here is where the fascination steps in. we Christians reference God with the words, ALPHA and OMEGA, meaning beginning and ending. In other words, in Christianity, the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet is used to designate the comprehensiveness of God, implying that God includes all that can be. Questions then are, does God have a beginning? Does He have an ending? The answer to these questions, according to the Bible, is that God has no beginning and HE has no ending. (Psalm 90:2, “from everlasting to everlasting thou art God”). In Isaiah 44:6 reads “…..I am the first and the last, beside me there is no God”. Does this mean that God was created first or created last? First of all, God is the Creator not the creation. “First” and “Last” here denotes the comprehensiveness of God. “First” and “Last” here has the same connotation as Alpha and Omega as well as “from everlasting to everlasting…”

The fact that Alpha denotes first, or beginning, and Omega denotes last or ending does not mean that God was the first who began to exist or the last that will exist. God never began nor will God ever cease to be. He is complete and perfect, happy and whole, satisfied, and at peace with Himself. Take a second to think for a moment, and then ask the question, who made the airplane? The answer of course is that man made the aircraft. Ask another question, who made man? The answer is God made man. Another question. Who made God? Well, if you know the answer, please, let me know.

The bottom line is that everything that was created had a beginning and will have an end some day. But God will not have an end someday because He was neither created nor did He come into existence. He is set apart from creation in that God is not a creature because He exists outside of all creation. Because, God has no end, if all creation were to dissolve today, God remains because He lives forever.

It is adequate or sufficient to say that the words (Alpha and Omega) are expression God put on Himself (beginning and ending), like or as alpha rolls on to omega, omega returns or rolls back to alpha, it rolls on and on forever. Just use your imagination to think of a circle. When you see a picture of a circle that you did not draw, would you be able to determine the beginning and the end of a circle? If you are told to go round a circle without stopping, you will go round and round for ever.

The word “alpha” can mean beginning while the word “omega” can mean the ending, but in Scripture the words means much more than a beginning and ending. As mortal beings, we may not know exactly what God actually meant when He said: “I am the Alpha and Omega, the First and the Last, the beginning and the end” (Rev 22:13). Only God incarnate could make such a statement. He has no beginning and no end. He is the totality, the sum and substance of the Scripture and the all in all of salvation.