7. The Argument of the Epistle.
Therefore, thus Saint Paul in this Epistles establishes the weaker Jews, who were ζηλωταὶ τοῦ νόμου, zealous for the law, Acts 21:20, in the doctrine of the Gospel, and demonstrates that Jesus Christ is true God and true man; the great Prophet, whose doctrine it is sin to despise; and the true and only Priest and everlasting sacrifice, in such a way that for expiation and cleansing no Aaronic or Sacerdotal sacrifices are needful, and nothing is wanting for absolute justification to one that possesses Christ in faith: he asserts that all the Saints of the Old Testament pleased God by faith, and served Him in patience, love, and innocence of life; and, finally, he sets forth useful and salutary instructions for life. And thus he excites the Hebrews to a firm, sincere, and fruitful faith in Christ, to union with believers bearing the cross of Christ, and to the abandoning of useless servitude; comfirms them against the blasphemies and persecutions of their own people; and removes the great suspicion conceived concerning him. Finally, this Epistle is a kind of commentary on that word of God the Father heard from heaven on more than one occasion: This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased: Hear ye him, Isaiah 42:1; Matthew 3:17; 12:18; 17:5.