BREPHOS – Baby, Inside Or Outside

Mike Sublett

Today’s article is for professing Christians who: 1- love the LORD, 2- love God’s Word, the Bible, 3- plan to vote for Joe Biden and 4- hold pro-choice views concerning women’s rights and abortion. No, this isn’t going to be some rant. I pray that this will be a brief sharing of one point concerning the birth of our Savior, Jesus, the Christ.

When Mary discovered that she was really pregnant, rather than suffer through the gossip, name calling and potential persecution, she went to visit her cousin, Elizabeth, who was also pregnant. Elizabeth was going to give birth to John the Baptist and Mary was giving birth to the Messiah, Jesus. What an amazing pair of mothers.

When Mary entered Elizabeth’s house, here is what Scripture records: Luke 1:41-45 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!” The word used for “baby” is the Greek word “brephos”.

Then later, after Jesus’ birth, an angel of the LORD spoke to the shepherds saying:

Luke 2:8-12 8And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. 9An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. 10But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. 11Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. 12This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.” The word used for “baby” is the same Greek word “brephos”.

Before the birth of John the Baptist, when he was still inside his mother, Elizabeth, the Holy Spirit inspired Luke to use the word “brephos” to describe him. Then that same Holy Spirit also inspired Luke to use that same Greek word, “brephos”, to describe the Messiah, Jesus, in the manger. The Holy Spirit considered the baby INSIDE his mother, just as much of a baby as the baby in the manger.

Please consider the importance of this Bible truth. It would not have been right to take John’s life, no matter the reason. John was just as much of a baby INSIDE Elizabeth and Jesus was in the manger. Both babies needed protecting because God had a plan for them both.

The same is true today with every baby INSIDE their mother. According to Scripture they are as much of a baby as when the doctor places them on their mother’s chest.

Please, don’t let other issues cloud the most important issue in the upcoming election. Please, vote for every candidate who will protect the babies INSIDE or OUTSIDE their mother. And mothers, please, love and care as much for your baby when they are INSIDE you, as you surely will when they are OUTSIDE of you.

Your baby, INSIDE of you, could be the next Elizabeth or the next John. Please, give them a chance to find out what God has planned for them. Please. 

Mike Sublett is a pastor at Hi-Land Christian Church, 1615 N. Banks St., Pampa, Texas 79065. Email him at

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