What These Words Mean

  Jesus used the words "alpha" and "omega" to identify Himself  in Revelation 21: 6 as He had done in Revelation 1: 11). "Alpha" is the first letter of the Greek alphabet and "omega" is the last."  By these terms Jesus summarizes His teaching, declaring His Deity by His eternal nature, the all-sufficiency of Christ in the redemption of man. Nothing is lacking or needful concerning Christ.

  Nothing is before Him and nothing after Him. Do not these terms emphasize His authority, unsurpassed by the genius of mankind? Who else but the Son of God could make such a complete claim, the one of "all fullness" (Col. 1: 19)?

  Our eternal salvation depends upon our acceptance of His claim.