I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, said the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
Take Christ first, before you think of doing anything else. Did He not say, "Without Me you can do nothing"? So, then, all you do without Him is sheer nothing, however pious and noble it may appear in the eyes of men. Is Ha not the Alpha, and is not the Alpha the first letter? Then do not try to put a letter before it; do not say to yourself, "I will try to obtain a true recognition of my sins, and then I will go to Jesus and obtain salvation." This is beginning with the Z instead of with the Alpha. By doing so you make yourself like that fool who said, "I will learn to swim first, and then I will go into the water." Do you want to know your sins truly? Who is to give you that knowledge but Christ? Do you want to become better and more heavenly minded? Who can give you that godly disposition of heart but Christ?
Parallel VersesKJV: I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.