Pre-existence : Part 4
A further type of evidence that Jesus was pre-existent is taken from texts such as John 8:56 where we read:
"Your father Abraham rejoiced to see my day and he saw it and was glad."
This kind of reasoning, although baseless, is believed by many to be quite sound. There are similar statements in John 5:46 and 12:41:
"For if ye believed Moses, ye would believe me; for he wrote of me."
"These things said Isaiah, because he saw his glory; and he spoke of him."
These texts are not one iota different in substance to the following:
The Foreknown Brethren
"...even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish before him in love: having foreordained us unto adoption as sons through Jesus Christ unto himself, according to the good pleasure of his will..." (Ephesians 1:4-5)
"And we know that to them that love God all things work together for good, even to them that are called according to his purpose. For whom he foreknew, he also foreordained to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren." (Romans 8:28-29)
"But we are bound to give thanks to God always for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, for that God chose you from the beginning unto salvation in sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth." (2 Thessalonians 2:13)
The Foreknown Witnesses
"Him God raised up the third day, and gave him to be made manifest, not to all the people, but unto witnesses that were chosen before of God, even to us, who ate and drank with him after he rose from the dead." (Acts 10:40-41)
The Foreknown Messiah
"searching what time or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did point unto, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glories that should follow them." (1 Peter 1:11) Note: see also John 17:5, 24
"who was foreknown indeed before the foundation of the world, but was manifested at the end of times for your sake." (1 Peter 1:20)
The Foreknown Rest
"...They shall not enter into my rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world." (Hebrews 4:3)
The Foreknown Kingdom
"Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world." (Matthew 25:34)
If being "foreknown' is the essential qualification, then witnesses, brethren, God's rest, the Kingdom, the redeemed, and many others, would have a claim to be 'pre-existent'.