Pastor Castellina opens his article with facts about various dictionaries, English and the Biblical dictionaries – all interesting and edifying! He is nondenominational but urges a return to the Biblical doctrines and principles of the Reformation. Enjoy his thoughts, excellent thoughts!
The eternal Word of God. The Bible witnesses as one voice to this fact: that Jesus of Nazareth is God made flesh, the eternal word of God. This Word was ‘in the beginning’: In fact, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was fully God. The Word was with God in the beginning. All things were created by him, and apart from him not one thing was created that has been created” (John 1:1-3). This Word speaks all through the Bible. This same Word will be summed up at the fullness of time when all things will be headed up in Christ – the things in heaven and the things on earth (Ephesians 1:10).
In the verses that we are considering today, Jesus is called “the Alpha and the Omega”: “Look! I am coming soon, and my reward is with me to pay each one according to what he has done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the first and the last, the beginning and the end!” (Rev. 22:12-13). Like the ordering of words in the Greek alphabet, if we could put everything in one vocabulary: Jesus, the Word of God, stands at its beginning and at its end. Not only that: all the words which this vocabulary contains, find their meaning in Christ. Christ is contained, as it were, in the meaning of each single word of the ‘vocabulary of Creation’ and its development in history. In fact, as the Bible says: “From him and through him and to him are all things. To him be glory forever! Amen” (Romans 11:36).
Paolo E. Castellina