The so called "pre-incarnate" Christ idea is actually a Hebraic/Christian concept tracing back to the first verse of Genesis. You will notice in most
translations of the Bible, in some verses God Himself says "God did this thing from God out of heaven" or "I YHWH swear by YHWH" etc. because the
literal interpretation and translation of the text demands it. Many Jewish theologians who did not even believe that Yeshua was the Messiah
acknowledged and speculated for years that the Messiah would in fact be of a divine origin. That the Word of God was not merely words or language, but
If we look to the Aramaic Targum translations of the Old Testament, we find this concept demonstrated quite clearly. It is clear that the Apostle John
was at least familiar with the Targums when speaking of the "Word of God" in the Gospel of John. It also brings a whole new meaning to when the
prophets would say "the Word of the LORD came unto me saying." According to the Targums and throughout the Bible the Word of God is God and an
extension of God, equal to God, makes decisions, etc. For example the first chapter of Genesis reads like this:
Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
The Hebrew understanding in the Aramaic helped clarify the text. Here is the same verse in the Targum translation in Aramaic to English.
And the Word [Memra] of the Lord created man in His likeness, in the likeness of the Lord, the Lord created, male and female created He them."
And I will establish my covenant between My Word [Memra} and between you
Targum Onkelos Gen. 17:7
Gen. 17  And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God
unto thee, and to thy seed after thee.
Gen. 22:  And Abraham called the name of that place Yehovah-Yireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.
And Abraham worshipped and prayed in the name of the Word [Memra] of YHVH, and said, "You are Lord who does see, but You cannot be seen."
And the Word [Memra] of the Lord caused to descend upon the peoples of Sodom and Gommorah, brimstone and fire from the Lord in heaven.
Targum Jonathan on Gen. 19:24
Gen. 19  Then the LORD rained upon Sodom and upon Gomorrah brimstone and fire from the LORD out of heaven;
And Israel saw the great strong hand of God, what He did to the Egyptians. They feared God and believed in His Word [Memra] and in His servant
Onkeles Targum on Exodus 14:31
Exodus 14  And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD, and his
Genesis 15:6 - And Abraham believed in the Lord.
Targum - And Abraham believed in the Word of the Lord.
Genesis 20:3 - And God came to Abimelech.
Targum - And the Word from before the Lord came to Abimelech.
These are just a few examples. This same Word of God that created the Universe is in fact God and came down as a ransom for humanity, especially for
the northern House of Israel, to bridge the gap and take back His bride legally.
edit on 2/17/2014 by bryanrr255 because: I accidentally put
verse instead of chapter