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Answer: Jesus proclaimed Himself to be the “Alpha and Omega” in Revelation 1:8, 11; 21:6; and 22:13. Alpha and omega are the first and last letters of the Greek alphabet. Among the Jewish rabbis, it was common to use the first and the last letters of the Hebrew alphabet to denote the whole of anything, from beginning to end. Jesus as the beginning and end of all things is a reference to no one but the true God. This statement of eternality could apply only to God. It is seen especially in Revelation 22:13, where Jesus proclaims that He is “the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End.”
One of the meanings of Jesus being the “Alpha and Omega” is that He was at the beginning of all things and will be at the close. It is equivalent to saying He always existed and always will exist. It was Christ, as second Person of the Trinity, who brought about the creation: “Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made” (John 1:3), and His Second Coming will be the beginning of the end of creation as we know it (2 Peter 3:10). As God incarnate, He has no beginning, nor will He have any end with respect to time, being from everlasting to everlasting.
A second meaning of Jesus as the “Alpha and Omega” is that the phrase identifies Him as the God of the Old Testament. Isaiah ascribes this aspect of Jesus’ nature as part of the triune God in several places. “I, the Lord, am the first, and with the last I am He” (41:4). “I am the first, and I am the last; and beside me there is no God” (Isaiah 44:6). “I am he; I am the first, I also am the last” (Isaiah 48:12). These are clear indications of the eternal nature of the Godhead.
Christ, as the Alpha and Omega, is the first and last in so many ways. He is the “author and finisher” of our faith (Hebrews 12:2), signifying that He begins it and carries it through to completion. He is the totality, the sum and substance of the Scriptures, both of the Law and of the Gospel (John 1:1, 14). He is the fulfilling end of the Law (Matthew 5:17), and He is the beginning subject matter of the gospel of grace through faith, not of works (Ephesians 2:8-9). He is found in the first verse of Genesis and in the last verse of Revelation. He is the first and last, the all in all of salvation, from the justification before God to the final sanctification of His people.
“INVESTING IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD”
*As a child of God you need to invest in the Kingdom of God.
*To invest is a good thing but not easy to do.
*Those who benefit greatly in the Kingdom are those who invest.
*There is no return without investing.
*The greatest mistake a person can do , is to want to receive in a day what others worked for years.
*People are in a hurry spirit.
*You must know that some things will take time to get.
*Cast your bread (seed) always for you don’t know which one will grow.
*Casting seeds is not easy.
*But keep on casting because this is a principle which prepares you for harvest.
*No harvest without casting seeds.
*When you cast seeds, it generates growth and bears fruits.
*Harvest starts at seed time.
HOW DO WE INVEST?
1.INVEST YOUR LIFE .
*Your life is precious, cannot be compared with anything.
*Invest your life in the Kingdom.
*What shall profit a man to gain all the wealth of this world but looses his own soul.(Mtt 16:23)
*When you invest your life, it becomes hidden with Christ.(Colossians 3:3)
*You can’t invest your life until you Love the Lord.
*This is a greatest commandment in the law.(Mtt 22:37)
*What do you love the most?
2.INVEST YOUR TIME.
*Invest your time in God.
*Give God your time.
*Honour the appointments that God have with you.
*Meaning have time to attend church services.
*Hezekia asked God to look at the time he invested in Him.
*God gave him a return.
*He invested his time and it was credited to him.
3.INVEST YOUR ENERGY.
*Work for God with your strength.
*David danced for the Lord with his strength.
*He embarrassed himself to get God’s approval.
*Let people reject you and God approves you.
*Some people you can see them in worship and preaching investing their energy.
4.INVEST YOUR RESOURCES.
*People do not want to give what they have.
*Give What you have for the work of God.
*Why church should not pay for what you have.
*Give What you have for the less privileged.
*Learn to release.
5.INVEST YOUR MONEY.
*This is a very sensitive subject to talk about.
*It can make people to leave the church.
*If you want to hear God, hear him concerning your money.
*When you touch money, you touch hearts of people.
*Train your ears to hear God with your money.
*God will trust you to the levels of your trust.
*If you don’t trust Him with your money, He will never trust you with His money.
You have blessed so many lives through your faithful ministry; may you be blessed greatly in return on this special day. All of us in your church family wish you a very happy birthday with many more to come
Giyani Revival 08/04/17
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Answer: Ecclesiastes 3:1–8 is a well-known passage that deals with the balanced, cyclical nature of life and says that there is a proper time for everything:
“There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.”
In this passage, the Preacher says that there is a time for every matter in life. He illustrates this truth by juxtaposing opposites: fourteen pairs of contrasting activities as examples of how life is comprised of various seasons. A straightforward reading of the passage reveals several concepts:
First, the timing of our activities is important. Killing someone (Ecclesiastes 3:8) is generally considered evil and a crime, but that may change during a time of war, when defending one’s country can be considered a noble act. Dancing (verse 4) may be appropriate during a time of celebration, but it would not be appropriate for a funeral. Both our actions and the timing of our actions are important to God.
Second, these seasons in which certain pursuits are proper are appointed by God. His plan for life involves a variety of experiences and activities. Weeping may be part of life, but life is not all weeping; laughter has a place, too (Ecclesiastes 3:4). Construction is good in its time, but sometimes deconstruction is necessary (verse 3).
A key to this passage is found a few verses later: “He has made everything beautiful in its time” (Ecclesiastes 3:11). The proper activity at the right time, bringing about God’s purposes, is a beautiful part of God’s overall plan. A tapestry, viewed from the back, seems a chaotic and unlovely work; but the maker of the tapestry has a wise purpose for the placement of each thread.
Third, Ecclesiastes 3:1–8 serves as a bridge between the first two chapters and the section that follows. People are to accept each day as a gift from the hand of God (2:24–26). Why? Ecclesiastes 3:1–8 explains it is because God has a reason and a time for all things. People may be ignorant of God’s timing (3:9–11), but they are called to enjoy life in the present (3:12–13) and trust in God’s sovereignty (3:14–15).
God offers much wisdom in the saying, “There is a time for everything, / and a season for every activity under the heavens.” God is sovereign. Our activity in this world is meaningful as we rely on His wisdom, His timing, and His goodness.