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What does God mean when he says that he knew us before he formed us in our mother's womb?


Thank you for your question about God's knowledge. 

I believe the passage you are referring to is found in Jeremiah 1:5: "Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you were born I consecrated you; I appointed you a prophet to the nations". This passage is speaking specifically of Jeremiah, but the principle is extended to all people: God knows everything and nothing is beyond his knowledge. 

Some people make the claim that we existed in a physical or spiritual form before coming to earth. However, the bible makes it clear that we only existed from the moment of our conception.

Not only does God know about us, but he has also predestined for people to saved. We have all sinned, meaning that we are separated from God. For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23)

The punishment for our sin is death, but God has made a way for us to be saved. For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 5:23). 

Therefore, knowing that we can be saved by the work of Jesus Christ on the cross, I encourage you to call out in prayer to God to save you. For "everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." (Romans 10:13). 

In summary, God knew of everyone, including you, before you were born, in fact, since before the earth existed! However, all of us have sinned and are in need of salvation. If you have never prayed to God for the forgiveness of your sins and to have a restored relationship with God, then I encourage you to do so today. 

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