The question of where we come from before birth is a timeless and complex topic that has puzzled humanity for centuries.

While science offers explanations for the physical processes of birth and development, religion and spirituality offer their own perspectives on the origin of life.

In the Christian faith, the Bible provides insights into the nature of existence and the concept of the soul, shedding light on where we were before birth.

This article will explore several Bible verses that guide this topic and provide a deeper understanding of our pre-birth existence.

Where were we before we were born Bible Verses

1. Jeremiah 1:5

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

Jeremiah 1_5

2. Psalm 139:16

“Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

Psalm 139_16

3. Ephesians 1:4

“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight.”

Ephesians 1_4

4. John 17:5

“And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.”

John 17_5

5. Proverbs 8:22-23

“The Lord brought me forth as the first of his works, before his deeds of old; I was formed long ages ago, at the very beginning, when the world came to be.”

Proverbs 8_22-23

6. 2 Timothy 1:9

“He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time.”

2 Timothy 1_9

7. Colossians 1:17

“He is before all things, and in him all things hold together.”

Colossians 1_17

8. Job 38:4-7

“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone— while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?”

Job 38_4-7

9. Hebrews 7:3

“Without father or mother, without genealogy, without beginning of days or end of life, resembling the Son of God, he remains a priest forever.”

Hebrews 7_3

10. Romans 8:29

“For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters.”

Romans 8_29

What does the Bible say about the origins of the soul?

11. Genesis 2:7

“Then the Lord God formed a man from the dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living being.”

12. Ecclesiastes 12:7

“and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.”

13. Zechariah 12:1

“This is the word of the Lord concerning Israel. The Lord, who stretches out the heavens, who lays the foundation of the earth, and who forms the human spirit within a person…”

14. Hebrews 12:9

“Moreover, we have all had human fathers who disciplined us and we respected them for it. How much more should we submit to the Father of spirits and live!”

15. Job 34:14-15

“If it were his intention and he withdrew his spirit and breath, all humanity would perish together and mankind would return to the dust.”

16. Numbers 16:22

“But Moses and Aaron fell facedown and cried out, ‘O God, the God who gives breath to all living things, will you be angry with the entire assembly when only one man sins?'”

17. 1 Corinthians 2:11

“For who knows a person’s thoughts except their own spirit within them? In the same way no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God.”

18. Isaiah 42:5

“This is what God the Lord says— the Creator of the heavens, who stretches them out, who spreads out the earth with all that springs from it, who gives breath to its people, and life to those who walk on it.”

19. Psalm 33:6

“By the word of the Lord the heavens were made, their starry host by the breath of his mouth.”

20. Ecclesiastes 3:21

“Who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?”

Understanding God’s plan for our existence on earth

21. Jeremiah 29:11

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

22. Romans 8:28

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

23. Psalm 139:13-16

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

24. Proverbs 19:21

“Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.”

25. Ephesians 2:10

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus”

26. Psalm 139:1-4

“O Lord, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you discern my thoughts from afar. You search out my path and my lying down and are acquainted with all my ways. Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O Lord, you know it altogether.”

27. Isaiah 46:9-10

“Remember the former things, those of long ago; I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me. I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.’”

28. Ecclesiastes 3:1-2

“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot.”

29. Psalm 37:23-24

“The Lord makes firm the steps of the one who delights in him; though he may stumble, he will not fall, for the Lord upholds him with his hand.”

30. Proverbs 16:9

“In their hearts humans plan their course, but the Lord establishes their steps.”

Does the Bible teach the pre-existence of the soul?

31. Jeremiah 1:5

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart; I appointed you as a prophet to the nations.”

32. Job 38:4-7

“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone— while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy?”

33. Revelation 13:8

“All inhabitants of the earth will worship the beast—all whose names have not been written in the Lamb’s book of life, the Lamb who was slain from the creation of the world.”

34. Romans 8:29-30

“For those God foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters. And those he predestined, he also called; those he called, he also justified; those he justified, he also glorified.”

35. Ephesians 1:4-5

“For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will—”

36. John 17:5

“And now, Father, glorify me in your presence with the glory I had with you before the world began.”

37. Colossians 1:16

“For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him.”

38. 2 Timothy 1:9

“He has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,”

39. 1 Peter 1:20

“He was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed in these last times for your sake.”

40. Psalm 139:13-16

“For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.”

What does the Bible say about the afterlife?

41. John 3:16

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”

42. Revelation 21:4

“He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.”

43. 2 Corinthians 5:8

“We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord.”

44. Philippians 3:20-21

“But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables him to bring everything under his control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like his glorious body.”

45. Revelation 20:12-15

“And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death. Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.”

46. Luke 23:43

“Jesus answered him, “Truly I tell you, today you will be with me in paradise.”

47. 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17

“For the Lord himself will come down from heaven, with a loud command, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet call of God, and the dead in Christ will rise first. After that, we who are still alive and are left will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And so we will be with the Lord forever.”

48. Daniel 12:2

“Multitudes who sleep in the dust of the earth will awake: some to everlasting life, others to shame and everlasting contempt.”

49. Hebrews 9:27

“Just as people are destined to die once, and after that to face judgment”

Conclusion

The Scriptures teach that God is the creator and sustainer of all things and that our lives have meaning and purpose in Him. As Psalm 139:13-16 reminds us, God formed us in our mother’s womb and has a plan for our lives.

Furthermore, the Bible teaches that our ultimate destiny is to be with God in eternity and that through faith in Jesus Christ, we can have the assurance of salvation and the hope of eternal life.

While we may not know all the answers to life’s mysteries, we can trust in God’s goodness and love and find comfort in knowing that we are known and loved by Him.

 

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