What’s in a name? A name is more than just something by which we are called; in a sense, it is our reputation.
A name can conjure up images of glory, honor, and grace. It may cause sadness, anger, and dismay. Yes; a name is a powerful thing.
Did you know there are a multitude of names for God? Each name unique and powerful; the list is endless.
In hopes of helping my children have a better understanding of who God is and all He means to us, December will be dedicated to teaching my children various names by which He is called. Each Christmas season, our hopes are to learn even more names given.
Join us on this exciting adventure through Scripture, where we will learn some amazing verses, talk about how those verses should affect our lives, and discuss some practical ways to make these names “real”.
“I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.” – Revelation 1:8
Eternity is a hard concept to understand, isn’t it? Even for us adults, the idea of God having no beginning and no end is a little mind-boggling. Think about it. God had no starting point; none. He always has been and He always will be. There was never a point that He didn’t exist and there will never come a time when He will cease to be.
So what is time anyway? Time is a way we talk about tensed events. Said event happened first, that happened next, this will be happening afterwards. The beginning of time is when God chose to act.
Here’s a question for you: Can we measure infinity? No; it is possible to always add one more. There is no number high enough which represents infinity. Here’s another thought: When we talk about the past, can we count infinitely backwards? No! There has to have been a beginning.
Let us use dominoes to illustrate this concept. Imagine you have a series of dominoes set up on end. Can you create an infinite set? No! It is physically impossible to do so. You could always add yet one more domino to your set. However, there was a starting point. Nothing comes before the starting point. You had a definite beginning, but you could continue adding till kingdom come.
Now, in our row of dominoes, can the first domino choose to knock over the one behind it? No; our domino is a thing (an event) which cannot choose to act; things are merely acted upon. They have no powers of volition. Only persons have powers of volition, so only a personal first cause can choose to act. This first cause is also known as a prime mover. We refer to such a prime mover as “God”.
When God says He was the first, he is not indicating He was the first tensed event (our first domino); He is saying He was the prime mover. God existed logically prior to the first event. God is the being who put the first event into motion. Nothing caused God, He was self-existent. There was nothing before God.
When God says He is the first and the last, He is pointing out that He is an uncreated being. He is drawing our attention to false gods which all have a beginning. False gods did not always exist; there is only have one first cause.
God was, is, and is to come… How incredible is that?