The Cross of Christ and Unborn Life

One of the most powerful statements of the relation between the cross of Christ and unborn life is found in Ephesians 5:1-5.

Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints. Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving. For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God.

Here God tells us three important ways that relate the cross of Christ to unborn life:

  1. We are called to relate to God as children do to a father. The Father gives life to His children by the sacrifice of His own son.
  2. We are called to walk in love in the same way Christ loved us and gave Himself up for us on the cross. This means that we are to love in Christ’s own same self-sacrificing, life-giving (not life-taking) way.
  3. The cross calls us to walk away from sexual immorality, impurity, and greed. The killing of unborn children always involves at least one of these (greed), but often more.

When a child is slain in the name of personal preference, selfish greed is always at play. The killer is greedy for their former lifestyle. They want no change in it; indeed, in their hearts they seek to play God.

But the Bible tells us that these people have no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. This is a terrifyingly real consequence of our own greedy selfishness. If we love ourselves more than Christ and His cross, then we ultimately get exactly what we’ve earned.

The good news, however, is that, for all who believe in His Son, God has already forgiven us in the cross of Christ. He has forgiven us completely, even for the ugliest of our greedy sins. Even for murder.  Be thankful – His mercy is great indeed.


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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