In this series we will be giving 25 reasons why the Jehovah’s Witnesses have their Christology and Trinitarian theology wrong. We will make our case right from the Scriptures:
10.Christ is the “First and Last.”
Thus says the LORD, the King of Israel and his Redeemer, the LORD of hosts: ‘I am the first and I am the last, And there is no God besides Me (Is 44:6).
Rev 1:8 states, “‘I am the Alpha and the Omega,’ says the Lord God, ‘who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.'”
If it can be shown Christ is the First and the Last, then we must conclude He is clearly Jehovah, the Lord God.
Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades (Rev 1:17-18).
Obviously, the Father never died. So, Christ is either deliberately using an identical title and thereby confusing us, or He is assuming the title because it belongs to Him. Do we have any other reason to believe this is so?
And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son (Rev 21:5-7).
As we will see in number 11, Christ is the one who gives water from the spring of the water of life. So, Rev 21:5-7 refers to Jesus.
Behold, I am coming quickly, and My reward is with Me, to render to every man according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega…(Rev 22:12-13).
As we will also see, Jesus is the one who is “coming” (the Father is not coming or going anywhere, His abode is in heaven) and Christ is the one who renders judgement.
The Scripture says that God is the judge: “[M]ay the Lord, the Judge, judge today between the sons of Israel and the sons of Ammon” (Judges 11:27). “The Lord will judge the ends of the earth” (1 Sam 2:10). “For He is coming to judge the earth” (1 Chron 16:33). “He will judge the world in righteousness; He will execute judgment for the peoples with equity” (Ps 9:8).
Just in case there is any ambiguity Paul makes clear that “God judge[s] the world” (Rom 3:6), “God judges” (1 Cor 5:13), and “Christ Jesus, who is to judge the living and the dead” (2 Tim 4:1).