I see the code as a complete thought in the mind of God (existing beyond time) manifesting in our realm over time. It reminds me of David Bohm's implicate and explicate orders. Anything which occurs in the explicate order (our material universe) was first conceived in the implicate (God/heaven/the pleroma//the ground of being/the universal unconscious). So the code was created and also evolved. It's a teleological process, like intelligent design. In fact, to distinguish it from the ID movement I call it 'intelligent evolution' in my website.
PS I forgot to say thanks for the info and link about the changes in the NIV! I'll be able to use that.