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THE PERSONAL OFFICE OF CHRIST,
PREACHED IN THE PARISH CHURCH OF BERWICK UPON TWEED,
AT THE COMMENCEMENT OF HIS THURSDAY LECTURES,
BY THE REVEREND
WILLIAM PROCTER, JUNIOR, M. A.
FELLOW OF CATHARINE HALL, CAMBRIDGE,
AND LECTURER OF BERWICK.
BOOKSELLERS IN ALNWICK, BERWICK, AND KELSO.
MASTER, WARDENS, COURT OF ASSISTANTS,
WORSHIPFUL COMPANY OF MERCERS,
GENTLEMEN, WHEN I call to mind how totally unknown I was to every individual amongst you at the time of my first appearance as a Candidate for the Lectureship of Berwick, I am at a loss which to admire most, my own boldness in venturing to come forward under such circumstances, or your disinterested Patronage in appointing me to the office. The only account I can give of my boldness is, that I had passed the thirtieth year of my age, without seeing any defined prospect of obtaining a permanent provision from the revenues of the Church, to the service of which I felt obliged in conscience to devote, undivided, the best exertions of the rest of my life.
The portion of those revenues which you have. conferred upon me, will enable me to pursue the straight-forward path of duty, without fear of penury, as I pray God I may have grace to do, without weariness, and without ostentation. It is, therefore, with feelings of the sincerest Gratitude and Respect that I dedicate to you the following Discourses, which circumstances, mentioned in the Appendix, have induced me to publish.
and faithful Servant,
ON THE PERSONAL NATURE OF JESUS CHRIST.
Preached on ASCENSION-DAY, 27th May, 1824.
PHILLIPPIANS, 11. 5-11.
“ Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus : Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God; but made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men ; and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore, God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name; that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
In these words we have a perfect outline of the history of Christ our Saviour, from “ the beginning, when He was with God and was God;" to the great consummation, when “ that same Jesus," now both God and Man, “ who," as on this day,
1 John, i. 1.