Does Hebrews 2:16,17 teach that Jesus pre-existed as the Son of God in eternity past? In other words, does Hebrews 2:16,17 teach us that an eternal God the Son, a second person of a Godhead Trinity God incarnated himself to become flesh?

Hebrews 2:16,17


“For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.

17. Wherefore in all things it behooved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.”


When these two verses are interpreted alone and apart from the rest of God’s word AND a person ALREADY believes the doctrine of the Trinity then it is easy to see that the pronouns “he” and “him” are referring to the Son of God.

BUT if a person is taught the doctrine of Oneness which teach that it was Almighty God HIMSELF who incarnated HIMSELF to become the Son then it is easy the see that the pronouns “he” and “him” are referring to Almighty God the Father.

And if you believe that the word that became flesh was NOT a literal SEPARATE divine being from Almighty God the Father then it is easy to see that the writer of Hebrews is referring to the word made flesh AFTER the word was made flesh. In other words, since we are human then it behooved Almighty God the Father to make his Messiah ALSO to be human. And that is what the Bible ITSELF says that the word was made FLESH.

To say this another way, the writer of Hebrews is simply saying that it was NECESSARY for the Messiah to be made with human nature and NOT with the nature of the Angels. When God formed the IMAGE of what he desired his Messiah to be like in his mind that image could have changed many, many, multiple time before God made his final decision of exactly what he desired his Messiah to be. So it behooved God to make his Messiah as a human being as opposed to making his Messiah as an angelic being. And all the writer of Hebrews is saying is that Jesus had a human nature and he did NOT have an angelic nature because that is what Almighty God the Father wanted.

When we read a LITERAL translation it becomes a lot clearer that this is exactly what the writer of the book of Hebrews INTENDED his words to mean.


Hebrews 2:16,17 from the LITERAL translation.


“Not for assuredly of messengers IT is taking hold but of seed of Abraham IT is taking hold.

17. Whence he (The Messiah, Jesus and NOT a pre-existing God the Son) ought according to all the brethren to be made like that merciful he may be becoming and the faithful high priest toward God to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.”


The word that became flesh is an IT and NOT a “he”. God spoke his word of prophecy and IT became flesh. So the INTENDED meaning of Hebrews 2:16,17 is talking about the ALREADY HUMAN Son of God, saying, that it was necessary that Jesus, the HUMAN Son of God, be made like his HUMAN brethren and NOT like the angels. It was necessary that IT, the word of prophecy be such, that IT, the spoken word, TAKE ON HUMAN NATURE to be made FLESH like the brethren.

So then, you now have THREE DIFFERENT interpretations of Hebrews 2:16,17. And you are free to choose even a fourth interpretation of your own if you like. But always remember that whatever INTERPRETATION you decide upon then that interpretation must NOT contradict any other verse of Scripture.

And that is why I myself choose the LITERAL translation of IT taking on human nature as opposed to “he” took on human nature because I believe that the word made flesh was an IT and NOT a literal pre-existing divine eternal being who was WITH Almighty God at Almighty God’s side.

Please read why I can no longer believe in the doctrine of the Trinity. You will find on the studies that I have on this subject under the heading >>>A LIST OF STUDIES ON THE TRINITY!<<< And if you are a Oneness Christians please read the studies on why the doctrine of Oneness is NOT SOUND Biblical teaching under the heading >>>IS THE DOCTRINE OF ONENESS BIBLICAL?<<<

If you knew beyond any shadow of a doubt that the Bible ITSELF clearly teaches us in SIMPLICITY that the Son of MAN, Jesus, BECAME the ETERNAL SON of God AFTER the CROSS then you would see that it makes no logical sense to say that God the Son incarnated himself to become the Son of God who would die and then be highly exalted to return to being God the Son. Please read the study WHEN DID JESUS BECOME GOD"S ETERNAL SON?

Thanks for reading and may God bless you richly as you continue to seek the truth of the WHOLE word of Almighty God.

Your brother in our Lord Jesus Christ,

Brother Mark.