Ultimate Authority

Revelation 22:13 ~ “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
 
IN WORD  There is no greater claim to authority than this. Those who would take the words of Jesus as good suggestions, spiritual advice, recommendations for a moral and happy life, or any other such expression of human wisdom must consider this verse – He is the Alpha and Omega. Those who believe that the Bible does not claim that Jesus is God incarnate must also account for this, for in Revelation 1:8 and 21:6 it is God the Father who says He is the Alpha and Omega. There cannot be two Alphas and Omegas, Firsts and Lasts, Beginnings and Ends – The Father and the Son are one.
 
When this truth grips us, discipleship takes off. There can be no casual reading of the Gospels when we understand that the words of Jesus are the words not only of a great teacher but of God Himself, the Creator of the universe, the author of all wisdom and the knower of all mysteries. There is nothing truer or more complete in this world – no more accurate prophecy, no better psychology, no sager advice – than the teaching that comes straight from the mouth of the living God; in face, there is no other opinion worth heeding. His words are the owner’s manual for our hearts.
 
IN DEED Ask yourself these probing questions: Do you hear His words casually, as thought they are mere suggestions? Or do you voraciously consume His teaching as the key to life, dependent on it for your very existence? Are His words like a fragrant aroma – pleasing, but not entirely necessary? Or are they like oxygen – a matter of life and death? They were true before the foundation of the world and they will be true for all eternity. Savor them well.
 
~ One Year at His feet Devotional

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