God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,…
The Father is said to do this and that by the Son for these reasons —
1. To give proof of the distinction of Persons.
2. To set out the order of the Persons — the Father first, the Son second.
3. To declare their manner of working — the Father by the Son, and the Son from the Father (Genesis 19:24).
4. To show the consent of the distinct Persons, Father and Son.
5. To demonstrate the identity of the essence of Father and Son; that both are one Divine nature and essence, in that the same Divine work is attributed to both. This consequence is inferred upon a like ground (John 5:17, 18). As the Father is here said to make the worlds by His Son, so of God in reference to the Son indefinitely it is said, "By whom are all things" (Hebrews 2:10). The Son therefore is here declared to be true God.
Parallel VersesKJV: God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,
WEB: God, having in the past spoken to the fathers through the prophets at many times and in various ways,