PRE-HUMAN EXISTENCE OF JESUS

 

Scriptures are cited from the King James (Authorized) Version, unless stated otherwise.

 

Question: Did Jesus exist before becoming a human being?

 

Answer: By comparing John 1: 1 with John 1: 14, the Apostle John identifies Jesus as the Word

or Logos (in the Greek) and as the “only begotten of the Father.” He was with God as a spiritual

being and “was made flesh,” that is, He became a human being, by the transferring of His life

from the spiritual, or heavenly plane, to the human plane. John 1: 14 reads:

 

“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt among us, (and we beheld his glory, the glory as of

the only begotten of the Father,) full of grace and truth.”

 

Some other proof texts include:

 

John 1: 10: “He was in the world, and the world was made by him, and the world knew him

not.”

 

John 1: 18: “No man hath seen God at any time; the only begotten Son, which is in the bosom

of the Father, he hath declared him.”

 

John 3: 16, 17: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever

believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the

world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

 

Jesus Himself speaks of His pre-human existence a number of times as the following Scriptures

testify:

 

Luke 10: 18: “And he said unto them, I beheld Satan as lightning fall from heaven.”

 

John 3: 12, 13: “If I have told you earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe, if I

tell you of heavenly things? And no man hath ascended up to heaven, but he that came down

from heaven, even the Son of man [which is in heaven” – many authorities omit these words].

 

John 6: 38: “For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that

sent me.”

 

John 6: 51 (first part): I am the living bread which came down from heaven.”

 

John 8: 42: “Jesus said unto them, If God were your Father, ye would love me: for I proceeded

forth and came from God; neither came I of myself, but he sent me.”

 

John 8: 58: “Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Before Abraham was, I am.”

 

John 16: 5: “But now I go my way to him that sent me; and none of you asketh me, Whither

goest thou?”

 

John 17: 5: “And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had

with thee before the world was.”

 

John 17: 18: “As thou hast sent me into the world, even so have I also sent them into the

world.”

 

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