Life eternal brings us

Hymn #737 in Hymns speaks of the fellowship of life and its relationship to the Spirit and the cross. Verses 1 and 6 of this hymn say:

1. Life eternal brings us

Fellowship of life,

Fellowship in Spirit,

Saving us from strife.

6. Fellowship is deepened

Thru the cross of death;

Fellowship is lifted

By the Spirit's breath.

We also need to see that our human spirit is related to the fellowship. With the divine fellowship of God's life, three things are involved: the Spirit of God, our human spirit, and the cross...

[Verse 6] says that our fellowship is deepened through the cross. Without the cross, our fellowship is superficial. The cross of death deepens our fellowship, and the Spirit's breath as the resurrection uplifts our fellowship. Fellowship frees us from our sinful self through the cross. Without the cross, there is no release, freedom, or liberty from the self. In the previous message, we pointed out that hymn #737 speaks of the divine fellowship and its relationship with the Spirit and the cross. Without the Spirit and the cross, we cannot have real fellowship.