An important argument advanced to prove the deity of Jesus is that he was 'pre-existent'. Support for this contention is usually drawn from the gospel of John. John gives the spiritual presentation of Jesus that the other gospels lack and, unfortunately, it is from a banal interpretation of these spiritual words that the theory of pre-existence draws support. When closely examined, the texts show that the correct interpretation is that Jesus was foreknown, not pre-existent.
In 1 Peter 1:19-21 we read: "even the blood of CHRIST WHO WAS FOREKNOWN indeed before the foundation of the world, but was manifested at the end of times for your sake...who through him are believers in God, that raised him from the dead, and gave him glory; so that your faith and hope might be in God."
In following posts, four pre-existence "proof" texts will be examined.
(a) The Word became flesh
(b) Jesus came down from heaven
(c) Jesus took on the form of a servant
(d) Abraham rejoiced to see his day