O Lord, Thy being is of old

O Lord, Thy being is of old,
Before th’ eternal past began!
For Thou th’ eternal Father art,
The uncreated, great I AM!
Although a man with men become,
Yet Thou with God eternal art!
The same completeness Thou dost share,
And infinite as God Thou art!
Thine origin, the same as God,
Before creation was decreed!
Before the foremost, Thou art first,
None other doth Thyself precede!
Thou never changest thru all time,
Thy years are to eternity!
None is as lasting as Thyself,
Nor is there any after Thee!
Just as the Father, diff’ring not,
The same perfection Thou too hast!
Thou art the Alpha and the First,
Thou art Omega and the Last!
We praise Thee for Thine endless years,
Extol Thee for Thy perfectness!
Admiring all Thy fulness vast,
We marvel at Thy boundlessness!

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Richard Housel

Long Island, NY, United States

This hymn really uplifts our appreciation of Christ. We need this uplifting always.. I believe that is one of the apostle Paul's burdens in writing Colossians.

Bob Carbrey

Amherst, New York, United States

I this song generates a special worship and thankfulness. How priceless is our Lord-the Alpha the Omega. the First the Last. Blessed are we. Lord grants mercy to worship You with understanding and light

Christ is the First, the Last, the Beginning, and the End. The First, the Last, the Beginning, and the End are all He. Revelation 22:13 says, "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End." When I first read the Bible, I did not understand this word; I felt that the Bible was somewhat repetitive. I thought that the First and the Last were the same as the Beginning and the End. However, the Bible says that Christ is the First and the Last; He is the first One, and He is also the last One; He is the Beginning and the End. Is this repetitive? I gradually received the light to understand that the First means the first One, and the Last means the last One. Hence, one of the hymns we sing says,


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As to the first, Christ is the foremost; as to the last, Christ is the hindmost. The beginning is He, and the end is also He. He is always the First; no one precedes Him. He is also the Last; no one is behind Him. Furthermore, He is the Beginning and the End. You can be the first, but you may not be the originator. You can also be the last, but you may not be the finisher. Christ is not only the First but also the Originator; He is not only the Last but also the Finisher. In other words, in this universe from beginning to end, all is Christ.

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