This song reflects the Christology expressed in several confessional statements. Belgic Confession, Article 12 teaches, “That the Father, when it seemed good to him, created heaven and earth and all other creatures from nothing, by the Word—that is to say, by the Son.”
When stanza 2 of “Across the Lands” speaks of the incarnation, we hear the words of Belgic Confession, Article 18: “The Son took the ‘form of a slave’ and was made in ‘human form, truly assuming a real human nature’ with all its weaknesses, except for sin...”
The account of Christ’s resurrection, ascension, and session at God’s right hand (see stanza 3) is declared in Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Days 17-19, Questions and Answers 45-52. And now he is in the process of gathering “out of the whole human race, from the beginning of the world to its end…a community chosen for eternal life and united in true faith” (Heidelberg Catechism, Lord’s Day 21, Question and Answer 54).