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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1846 Excerpt: ... kingdom is not of this world.' This mode in which we have ventured to explain our Lord's words, is confirmed by a few words of St. Augustin. "He asks him in return," says he, "whether he said this of himself, or had heard it from others, wishing to show by his (Pilate's) reply, that this was the crime objected to Him by the Jews.; laying open to us the thoughts of men which He Himself knew, that they are but vain. And to them, after the answer of Pilate, to both Jews and Gentiles, now inquiring, He answers, the more seasonbly and suitably, My kingdom is not of this world." "If My kingdom were of this world," our blessed Saviour continued, "then would My servants fight for Me, that I should not be delivered to the Jews" (John). For they who in this world wish to obtain or preserve a Kingdom, use a sword in their defence, and have recourse to means of this kind; but the Kingdom of Heaven is obtained and preserved by the opposite means. The first declaration which our Lord had made respecting this His kingdom, was that it belonged to "the poor in spirit." And this the nature of His kingdom our Lord had Himself pointed out to those who came with arms to apprehend Him; But after asking this question, Pilate suddenly recollecting himself and the business he was about, saw clearly that the charge of the Jews was a frivolous and vain one; and therefore rushed out without waiting for an answer. St. Austin thinks that the reason of this abruptness was, that Pilate now perceived that it was envy on the part of the Chief Priests, and that therefore the thought suddenly occurred to him, of his being able to make an appeal to the people, and to release a prisoner on the occasion of the Festival. And the account in St. Jo...
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