It's important to explore what the Bible says about the character of God, as His characteristics tell how we know and relate to Him.
The Alpha and the Omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. Originally written in Greek, the New Testament reveals God's plan of redemption, by giving us a glimpse of what He is like. When He refers to Himself as the Alpha and the Omega, God says He's the beginning and end of everything.
Let's start with the beginning, the Alpha.
The Bible teaches that in the beginning God created the universe and all that is in it. Likewise, in Romans 1:20, we learn that He discloses Himself and we understand Him, through what He created.
When we look at His creation we see it provides. With a cursory glance we see soil that grows edible plants for nourishment. Likewise, the plants that cover the soil provide it with a protective covering.
With that quick peek we understand He loves and provides for His creation.
We scan the sky and see an expanse that never ends, no matter what direction we look or if we're trying to determine the depth. We feel warmth from His sun or gaze in awe at the nighttime artistry of His heavens.
Through this glimpse we visualize a Master Craftsman that spoke this magnificence into existence.
Often, we see immense white fluffy clouds that float in the sky. They appear soft and comfortable and seem to invite us to jump in and float through the heavens with them.
However, inside those clouds lies unfathomable power, which under the right conditions unleashes torrents of moisture, powerful and destructive winds, or bolts of electricity that kill or engulf in flames whatever they contact.
This examination discloses a sovereign, powerful, eternal Being, who has the force and knowledge to destroy His creation, if He so desires.
Then, along with the majesty and splendor of the Alpha, we remember He is the end, the Omega.
The Omega is yet to come and only the Father knows the time. Nevertheless, through His Word, He gives us a glimpse of what is to come. "But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, in which the heavens will pass away with a roar and the elements will be destroyed with intense heat, and the earth and its works will be burned up." (2Peter 3:10)
Through an awareness of the end, we comprehend the Omega of God's plan of redemption.
The essence of the Alpha and Omega permeates our existence and demands a response.
All Scripture is from the New American Standard version of the Holy Bible