This has always been a favorite hymn of mine. It was written in England in 1866 by Samuel Stone and was originally one of a twelve hymn collection inspired by the twelve articles of the Apostle’s Creed.
Stone created the collection in response to a period of heated theological schism within both the Church of England and the Church of South Africa. The Church encountered a crisis over the inerrancy of the Scriptures and the role of Jesus in God’s plan of salvation. Stone’s deep conviction in the unity afforded by the foundation of Christ Jesus that led him to write it.”