1 Corinthians 10:1-13
Introduction: God’s promise to us of His presence and delivering abilities regardless of hardship and difficulties has always been a source of comfort to all those who believe and hold to God’s Word.
1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it.” (NKJ)
- Ancestors as examples
- Lived / Guided / Provided Supernatural by God Himself
- Through desert (when things are hot; destitute, dry and dead)
- Even through Red Sea (When things seem impossible and overwhelming)
- Lived / Guided / Provided Supernatural by God Himself
- Ate and Drank from same spiritual Source
- Yet God not pleased!
Transition: Why was God not pleased?
Question? What did they do and what did they crave?
- They got bored!
- Nothing was good enough!
- They enjoyed the ‘old’ and ‘familiar’ more than the promise of better!
- They grumbled about current circumstance.
Which led to:
- Worshipped false idols
- Celebrated with feasting and drinking
- Indulged in pagan revelry
- Engaged in sexual immorality
“The Sin of discontentment allows the Spirit of disillusionment to manipulate our attitudes, actions, and activities in a downward spiral away from God’s purposes and toward potential destruction!”
Thought/Warning? – Don’t put Christ to the test!
And oh by the way! – Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.” (NKJ)
- The one that is confident
- The ones who’s conscience that his heart is right with God
- The one that is sure his/her truth is truth
- Take heed (beware – be careful)
- Lest he/she fall from state of holiness-separation through the grace of God has placed him/her.
One author put it this way,
“In a state of probation everything may change; while we are in this life we may stand or fall: our standing in the faith depends on our union with God; and that depends on our watching unto prayer, and continuing to possess that faith that worketh by love. The highest saint under heaven can stand no longer than he depends upon God and continues in the obedience of faith. He that ceases to do so will fall into sin, and get a darkened understanding and a hardened heart: and he may continue in this state until God come to take away his soul. Therefore, let him who most assuredly standeth, take heed lest he fall; not only partially, but finally.”
Transition/Interrogative: So what does verse 13 state and promise?
- No temptation Overtaken you – (lambano) Meaning: to take, receive Usage: accepting(1), attempted*(1), caught(1), collect(1), collected(1), counseled*(4),experienced*(1), forgotten*(1), gets(1), gripped(1), incur(1), obtained(1), occupy(m)(1), overtaken(1), partial*(1), receive(64),received(48), receives(14), receiving(6), seized(1), seizes(1), shows(m)(1), take(27), taken(7), takes(3), taking(9),took(56).
- Except what is common to man – such as human nature is liable to, and has been often subjected to; such as the human powers, under the diving aid may be able to resist and repel.
- God is faithful – If you look to yourself, you will fail. If we/they depended on the faithfulness of God, we/they would be secure.
Application: The sense is, not that God would keep them without any effort of their own; not that he would secure them if they plunged into temptation; but that if they used the proper means, if they resisted temptation, and sought his aid, and depended on his promises, then he would be faithful.
- Who will not suffer you to be tempted –
This is a general promise, just as applicable to all Christians as it was to the Corinthians. It implies:
(1) That all the circumstances, causes, and agents that lead to temptation are under the control of God. Every man that tempts another; every fallen spirit that is engaged in this; every book, picture, place of amusement; every charm of music, and of song; every piece of indecent statuary; and every plan of business, of gain or ambition, are all under the control of God. He can check them; he can control them; he can paralyze their influence; he can destroy them; compare Matt 6:13.
(2) When people are tempted, it is because God suffers or permits it. He Himself does not tempt human beings (James 1:13); He does not infuse evil thoughts into the mind; He does not create an object of temptation to place in our way, but He suffers it to be placed there by others. When we are tempted, therefore, we are to remember that it is because He allows or permits it; not because He does it. His agency is that of sufferance, not of creation. We are to remember, too, that there is some good reason why it is thus permitted; and that it may be turned in some way to his glory, and to our advancement in virtue.
(3) There is a certain extent to which we are able to resist temptation. There is a limit to our power. There is a point beyond which we are not able to resist it. We do not have the strength of angels.
(4) That limit will, in all cases, be beyond the point to which we are tempted. If not, there would be no sin in falling, anymore than there is sin in the oak when it is prostrated before the tempest.
(5) If people fall into sin, under the power of temptation, they only are to blame. They have strength to resist all the temptations that assail them, and God has given the assurance that no temptation shall occur which they shall not be able, by His aid, to resist. In all instances, therefore, where people fall into sin; in all the yielding to passion, to allurement, and to vice, man is to blame, and must be responsible to God. And this is especially true of Christians, who, whatever may be said of others, cannot plead that there was not power sufficient to meet the temptation, or to turn aside its power.
(from Barnes’ Notes, Electronic Database Copyright © 1997, 2003, 2005, 2006 by Biblesoft, Inc. All rights reserved.)
- But will with the temptation will also make the way of escape that you may be able to bear it.
- Or that you may be able to bear up under it, or endure it.
- God knows what His people are able to endure, and as He has entire control of all that can affect them, He will adapt all trials to their strength, and will enable them to bear all that is appointed to them.
This is a general promise, and is as applicable to other Christians as it was to the Corinthians. It was to them a positive promise, and to all in the same circumstances it may be regarded as such now.
It may be used, therefore: For us today:
- As a ground of encouragement to those who are in temptation and trial. God knows what they are able to endure; and he will sustain them in their temptations. It matters not how severe the trial; or how long it may be continued; or how much they may feel their own feebleness; yet He who has appointed the trial is abundantly able to uphold them. They may, therefore, repose their all upon Him, and trust to His sustaining grace.
Conclusion: So let me sum it up and review passage this way!
- The past should both teach, warn and encourage us.
- We all have to face struggle, temptation and trials.
- We shouldn’t freak out!
1 Peter 4:12, “Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you;” (NKJ)
- God is faithful to see us through our every moment!
- We must submit and resist!
1 Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because1 your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (NKJ)