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The Alpha and Omega – Octavious Winslow

Octavius Winslow descended from Edward Winslow, a Pilgrim leader who braved the Atlantic to come to the New World on the Mayflower in 1620. Octavious was ordained as a pastor in 1833 in New York. He later moved to England where he became one of the most valued nonconformist ministers of the nineteenth century, largely due to the earnestness of his preaching and the excellence of his prolific writings. He held pastorates in Leamington Spa, Bath, and Brighton. He was also a popular speaker for special occasions, such as the opening of C. H. Spurgeon’s Metropolitan Tabernacle in 1861. After a short illness, he died on March 5, 1878, and was buried in Abbey Cemetery, Bath.

For an audio biography of Octavious Winslow, click here.

Here is his writing entitled The Alpha and Omega from The Sympathy of Christ.

“In the stupendous matter of our salvation
Christ shall be the Alpha and the Omega.
With Him the gospel plan originated-
by Him it was revealed-
by Him it was executed-
and in His undivided glory and endless praise it shall forever terminate.
From every tongue in glory, and through the high arches of heaven, the anthem shall peal, ‘Worthy is the Lamb!’


Believer in Christ! Does not your soul pant to join in that song?
and does not your spirit exult in the truth that salvation, from first to last, is of God?
Oh, how precious is this truth in the consciousness of our many failures and defects!


Our salvation is all in Christ-
our righteousness is all in Christ-
our merit is all in Christ-
our completeness is all in Christ-
in Christ our Covenant Head, our Surety and Mediator;
and no flaw in our obedience,
no defect in our love,
no failure in our service,
should so cast us down as to shut our eye to our acceptance in the Beloved.


Imperfections we would not overlook,
sin we would not allow,
disobedience we would not indulge,
temptation we would not encourage;
nevertheless, we would ever remember, for our encouragement that, in default of perfection in the most perfect of our own doings,
we are fully and eternally complete in Jesus.”


– Octavius Winslow, The Sympathy of Christ