Who He Is (kyrios theos, pantokrator)

October 21, 2013 | Tags:

“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “the One who is, who was, and who is coming, the Almighty.”

-Revelation 1:8

Before I begin, I want to make it clear that I don’t know Greek–I simply know how to use www.blueletterbible.org to look up the original language of the New Testament and see its definitions and uses in the Bible. Everything I am sharing is from that site, but these understandings spoke profoundly to me and I want to share them with you.

We can learn so much from God’s word by looking deeply into the definitions of the Greek words behind our English translations, and we don’t have to be Greek scholars to do so. Let’s break down five words and examine them in light of their definitions.

alpha — the first letter of the Greek alphabet; Christ is the Alpha to indicate that he is the beginning and the end

omega — the last letter of the Greek alphabet; the last

kyrios (Lord) — he to whom a person or thing belongs, about which he has power of deciding; master, lord

theos (God) — the Godhead, trinity; spoken of the only and true God

pantokratōr (Almighty) — he who holds sway over all things

In a nutshell, God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit is the first and the last (the One who began it all and will finish it all), the one who holds all power of decision and the one who controls all things. He is Lord, King, Ruler over all the Universe. He alone is God.

Isaiah 44:6 says, “This is what the Lord, the King of Israel and its Redeemer, the Lord of Hosts, says: I am the first and I am the last. There is no God but Me.”

He is God, and there is no God but the Lord God, the Almighty.

Meditate on this for a while, then ask yourself: How do I respond to this today?

By Courtney Silberman

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