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Divinity of Christ, book by H. H. Pope Shenouda III

23- God is the First and the Last

 

With Respect to Him Being the First and the Last

This proof will involve three main points:

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(A) God alone is the First and the Last. There is no God before or after Him

(B) Christ also is the First and the Last, the Alpha and the Omega

(C) Conclusion: Christ is God

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(A) God Alone Is the First and the Last

In eternity God WAS alone. He is the First and He is the Alpha. Then God created all creatures; all of them are the work of His hand. No one among men can say that He is the Alpha or the First because primeness is God's alone. That is why we find God attributing this quality to Himself, saying in the Book of Isaiah: "I am the First and I am the Last, besides Me there is no God' (Is. 44:6); "I am He, I am the First, I am also the Last. Indeed My hand has laid the foundation of the earth, and My right hand has stretched out the heavens" (Is. 48:12,13), and: "I am He. Before Me there was no God formed, nor shall there be after Me" (Is. 43: 10).


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