The King of the Jews

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“Whence also Himself by His own mouth, speaking among the Jews, saith, ‘And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they shall hear My Voice; and there shall be one fold, and One Shepherd.’ Why then would we have a great mystery to be understood in this title, in which it was written, ‘The King of the Jews,’ if Christ is King of Gentiles also? Because truly the wild olive is made partaker of the fatness of the olive, not the olive made partaker of the bitterness of the olive. For in that the title was written according to truth concerning Christ, ‘The King of the Jews,’ what Jews are to be understood but the seed of Abraham, the sons of promise, who are also sons of God? Since, ‘Not they who are sons of the flesh,’ saith the Apostle, ‘these are the sons of God; but they who are sons of promise are counted for the seed’ (Rom. 9:1,8). And those were Gentiles to whom he said, ‘But if ye are Christ’s, then ye are Abraham’s seed, heirs according to the promise’ (Gal. 3:29). King therefore of the Jews is Christ, but of the Jews who are such ‘by circumcision of the heart, in the spirit, not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God,’ (Rom. 2:29) of them who belong to the “Jerusalem which is free, our Mother eternal in the heavens,’ (Gal. 4:22-31) the spiritual Sarah, who casts from the house of liberty the bondwoman and her sons. For therefore, what Pilate hath written, he hath written; because what the Lord hath said He hath said.”

St. Augustine

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