God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets,…
The original word is formed from a word which signifies" to flash out." It may be interpreted accordingly as an "outflashing:" The glory of God is as light, and the Son is as its flash forth into view. You will get the idea if you conceive an intense light enclosed in a dark lantern; which is suddenly opened so that the rays dart out into the surrounding blackness. The flash is not something different from the light, but the light let out of limits and acting on the darkness. The Son of God is not represented as uncovering the glory of the Father. He is not the mere hand which draws the slide of the lantern so that the light breaks through. He is the light. It is not said of Him, "who" disclosing or showing, but "who being the brightness of His glory." Expanding the idea, the ancient creed declared Him "light of light," "very God of very God."
(J. T. Duryea, D. D.)
Parallel VersesKJV: God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,