Infant Death

Question #17

But what of the little ones, the infants, those yet in the womb? Why does God give them life only to take it soon away?


Answer #17

One thing we ought to say at the beginning is that God’s ways are past finding out, we cannot know all the reasons God has for doing the specific things that He does. It is not for us to know. But on the other hand, He does reveal to us enough to understand what we need to know to walk in faith and to be comforted. With respect to the little ones He takes to glory before birth, at birth or soon after birth we may consider the following.

The body of Christ is made up of many members, of many different characteristics, talents and capacities. Each and every member of that body of Christ is needed and is important. Each have their exact place in the body of Christ. From the smallest infant, to the oldest gray headed saint. Now this body of Christ is not complete without every one of its members. This is the instruction of the Word in I Corinthians 12. And in verse 18 we read “But now hath God set the members every one of them in the body, as it hath pleased him.” It is God who determines the perfect make up of the body of Christ. This is also the teaching in Romans 12.

Or to use another figure of the Scripture, I Peter 2:4 ff. for example, the church eternal in Christ is viewed as a temple. And just as a temple is not complete without every stone, every window, every shingle, so also the church of Christ. From the corner and foundation stones unto the smallest chink of mortar are necessary for the temple to be complete.

Therefore, with every conception the godly parents may know that God uses them as the blessed means to bring forth each member of the body of Christ. And according to His will as He is pleased to gather His church in the line of continuing generations, each soul brought into being by God through conception belonging to Him is most precious, to God, to Christ, and to the body of Christ apart from which we would not be complete. Thus, when believing parents conceive and the godly mother carries within her womb this little soul whether it be to full term, birth, and a long life; or whether it be only for a few weeks or months, they have the privilege of bearing the seed of the covenant which makes complete the body of Christ. Which is the fullness of the glory of Christ as we read in Ephesians 1:21-22 “And hath put all {things} under his feet, and gave him {to be} the head over all {things} to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.” What a blessing then that we have to make complete His kingdom, even when it pleases God to take His little ones to glory before we have much time with them, but also before they must pass through all the suffering in the midst of the world.

Finally, just a comment for now. It is obvious from the above that from the moment of conception there is a new life, a spiritual soul, a living being. Man dare not take the life of such a one. Abortion by man is a great evil promoted by Satan, and his co-workers of darkness. As children of God we may have no part in such an evil act of murder. Remember, when Jesus Who according to His humanity was only conceived and life but begun in the womb of Mary; and John was within the womb of Elizabeth but six months, that we are told that John leapt in his mother’s womb for joy at the presence of His Lord. John could have joy only being spiritually quickened to in some wondrous way to recognize the Lord’s presence as the Messiah in the womb of Mary. Both being living souls. ❖