The Solid Rock
July 5, 2020

The Solid Rock

Passage: 1 Corinthians 3:11
Service Type:

The Solid Rock” (1834)

For no other foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.

1 Corinthians 3:11


My hope is built on nothing less

than Jesus’ blood and righteousness.

I dare not trust the sweetest frame,

but wholly lean on Jesus’ name.

On Christ, the solid Rock I stand,

all other ground is sinking sand,

all other ground is sinking sand.”


Edward Mote was born into poverty on January 21, 1797, in London, England. His parents, innkeepers, wouldn’t allow a Bible in their house, but somehow Edward heard the gospel as a teenager and came to Christ. He eventually became a skilled carpenter and the owner of his own cabinet shop.

“One morning,” he recalled, “it came into my mind as I went to labour, to write a hymn on the “Gracious Experience of a Christian.” As I went up to Holborn, I had the chorus: “On Christ the solid rock I stand, all other ground is sinking sand, all other ground is sinking sand.” By end of day I had four verses complete, and I wrote them off.


On the Sabbath following, he met brother King, who informed him that his wife was very ill, and he asked Edward to call and see her. Edward had an early tea and called afterwards. He said that it was his usual custom to sing a hymn, read a portion and engage in prayer before he went to meeting. King looked for his hymn book but could find it nowhere. Edward said, “I have some verses in my pocket; If you liked, we could sing then.” We did, and his wife enjoyed them so much that after service brother King asked Edward, as a favour, to leave a copy of them for his wife.

Edward went home and by the fireside composed the last two verses, wrote the whole off and took them to sister King. As these verses so met the dying woman’s case, his attention to them was the more arrested, and he had a thousand printed for distribution.


In 1852, Edward then fifty-five, gave up his carpentry to pastor the Baptist Church in Horsham, Sussex, where he ministered twenty-one years. He resigned in 1873, in failing health, saying “I think I am going to heaven; yes, I am nearing port. The truths I have been preaching, I am now living upon, and they will do very well to die upon. Ah! The precious blood.” He passed away at the age of seventy-seven.

Here’s an interesting verse from Mote’s original verses that is omitted from most hymnals today:


I trust His righteous character;

His council, promise, and His power;

His honour and His Name’s at stake

to save me from the burning lake;

On Christ, the solid Rock, I stand,

all other ground is sinking sand.”

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