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1 Corinthians 10:13 - Temptation Comes with Limits and a Way of Escape! Revision.

1Cor.10:13; Temptation Comes with Limits and a Way of Escape! - 
Revision. 

1 Cor 10:13 (KJV)  There hath no temptation taken you but such 
as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you 
to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation 
also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 

This verse is one of the most helpful verses in the NT and 
presents the great antidote to falling into sin through temptation.... The 
temptations that come to the Christian are those all human beings face--they 
are unavoidable. But, says Paul, God is right there with us to keep 
us from being overwhelmed by the temptation. [Expositors Bible 
Commentary] 

God in his faithfulness always arranges a way of escape from 
temptation (lit., "a way out") and before that, gives strength to endure 
it. [New Bible Companion] 

PURPOSE OF TEMPTATION

Temptation in itself is not sin. Jesus was tempted (Mt 4:1-11). 
Yielding to the temptation is sin. [NIV SB] 

Temptation is not sin. Jesus was holy and pure; yet He was 
tempted in all points as we are...5T425-7 

The Greek word which we translate temptation means far more than 
a test. It is something designed, not to make us fall, but to test 
us, so that we emerge from it stronger than ever. [Barclay 
Commentary] 

God has not promised to remove the temptation, since we need 
such experiences to grow in faith and patience (James 1:2-4, 12)... 
[Jamieson, Fausset, And Brown Commentary] 

I have often heard my husband tell our teenagers, "Temptation is 
not only an opportunity to do the wrong thing, but an opportunity to 
do the right!"  Although we usually consider temptation in negative 
terms, God allows us to be tempted in order to provide us with a chance 
to be obedient.  If we are to learn to say no, and we are certainly 
supposed to say no sometimes to some things, then circumstances become 
life's workshop to that end.  Saying no when you want to say yes 
strengthens you, produces endurance, and builds character - Christian 
character.  [Jill Briscoe; Time with God devotional SB] 

   Some time ago, a few ladies met to study the scriptures.  
While reading the third chapter of Malachi, they came upon a 
remarkable expression in the third verse: 
   "And He [God] shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver" 
Mal.3:3. 
   One lady decided to visit a silversmith to learn about the 
process of refining silver.  After the smith had described it to her, 
she asked, "But Sir, do you sit while the work of refining is going 
on?" 
   "Oh yes, Madam," replied the silversmith; "I must sit with my 
eye steadily fixed on the furnace, for if the time necessary for 
refining be exceeded in the slightest degree, the silver will be 
injured." 
   The lady at once saw the beauty, and comfort too, of the 
expression, "He shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver." 
   God sees it needful to put His children into a furnace; His 
eye is steadily intent on the work of purifying, and His wisdom and 
love are both engaged in the best manner for us.  Our trials do not 
come at random, and He will not let us be tested beyond what we can 
endure. 
   Before she left, the lady asked one final question, "When do 
you know the process is complete?" 
   "Why that is quite simple,"  replied the silversmith.  "When 
I can see my own image in the silver, the refining process is 
finished." [source unknown] 

JESUS IS THE WAY OF ESCAPE

If they looked only to themselves, they would fall. If they 
depended on the faithfulness of God, they would be secure. 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. This is everywhere implied in the Scriptures; (Barnes' Notes) 

If we are self-confident or self-righteous we shall be left to 
fall under the power of temptation; but if we look to Jesus and trust 
in Him we call to our aid a power that has conquered 5T425-7 

We cannot fall by temptation, if we cleave fast to him. [Matthew 
Henry Commentary] 

The way out is not the way of surrender nor of retreat, but the 
way of conquest in the power of the grace of God. [Barclay 
Commentary] 

Trusting in Jehovah: this is the secret of victory. The first 
mark of the true Christian is reliance on Jehovah-Jesus.  We rely on 
Him exclusively as the vicarious Sinbearer through whom we have the 
salvation of our souls. We are to rely on Him continually as our 
victorious Champion through whom we have victory in our daily life ... So 
long as we rely on Him we have victory.  Temper, fear, lust, pride, 
envy, grudging, moodiness, impatience, despondency, worry ; over all 
such we gain victory as we really rely on Jesus.  We are to rely on 
Him as our vigilant Provider, who "supplies all our need" (Phi.4:19; 
Psa.34:22).  He does not always employ ravens to feed His Elijahs, but by 
one means or another He sustains them if they really rely on Him.  
[J. Sydlow Baxter; Time with God devotional SB mod] 

If you draw close to Jesus, and seek to adorn your profession by 
a well-ordered life and godly conversation, your feet will be kept 
from straying into forbidden paths. If you will only watch, 
continually watch unto prayer, if you will do everything as if you were in 
the immediate presence of God, you will be saved from yielding to 
temptation, and may hope to be kept pure, spotless, and undefiled till the 
last. If you hold the beginning of your confidence firm unto the end, 
your ways will be established in God, and what grace has begun, glory 
will crown in the kingdom of our God. GW127,8 

Satan makes every effort to lead people away from God; and he is 
successful in his purpose when the religious life is drowned in business 
cares, when he can so absorb their minds in business that they will not 
take time to read their Bibles, to pray in secret, and to keep the 
offering of praise and thanksgiving burning on the altar of sacrifice 
morning and evening. . . . When we voluntarily absent themselves from 
religious meetings, when God is not thought of and reverenced, when He is 
not chosen as their counselor and their strong tower of defense, how 
soon secular thoughts and wicked unbelief come in, and vain 
confidence and philosophy take the place of humble, trusting faith. . . . 
We cannot be safe a moment unless right principles are cherished in 
the heart and carried into every business transaction.  5T425-7 

All true obedience comes from the heart. It was heart work with 
Christ. And if we consent, He will so identify Himself with our thoughts 
and aims, so blend our hearts and minds into conformity to His will, 
that when obeying Him we shall be but carrying out our own impulses. 
The will, refined and sanctified, will find its highest delight in 
doing His service. When we know God as it is our privilege to know 
Him, our life will be a life of continual obedience. Through an 
appreciation of the character of Christ, through communion with God, sin will 
become hateful to us.  As Christ lived the law in humanity, so we may 
do if we will take hold of the Strong for strength. {DA 668} 

The surrender of all our powers to God greatly simplifies the 
problems of life. It weakens and cuts short a thousand struggles with the 
passions of the natural heart. MYP30 

Christ always separates the contrite soul from sin.  DA311

ESCAPE VIA JESUS IN PRAYER

Prayer is heaven's ordained means of success in the conflict 
with sin and the development of Christian character. AA564 

There are times when we just say, "Lord, take me home, this is 
too much for me."  But when we finish saying that, we must remember 
that His strength is made perfect in our weakness and that He gives 
us no more than we are able, with His Spirit, to bear. [In His 
Time; Walk With Wisdom] 

ESCAPE VIA JESUS IN THE BIBLE

When Satan comes in like a flood, we must meet his temptations 
with the sword of the Spirit, and Jesus will be our helper and will 
lift up for us a standard against him. 5T425-7 

Jesus, the Christian's example of right living, found that "way 
out" in the written Word of God (see Luke 4:4, 8, 12). So we, His 
followers, may find the "way out" in Jesus, the living Word (see John 
1:1-3, 14). He is ever ready and willing to deliver those who call upon 
Him and to keep them from falling into sin [SDA Commentary] 

There is no security in depending on self, but if the believer 
relies entirely on the promises of our covenant-keeping God, he will be 
safe. However, he should remember that God will not deliver him if he 
deliberately places himself on the enemy's ground by going where he is likely 
to meet temptation [SDA Commentary] 

ESCAPE WITH JESUS IN SERVICE FOR HIM

One of the best ways to overcome temptation is to keep busy for 
the Lord.  Find something to do for Him.  Seek to serve Him. [Billy 
Graham] 

In every difficulty He has His way prepared to bring relief. Our 
Heavenly Father has a thousand ways to provide for us, of which we know 
nothing. Those who accept the one principle of making the service and 
honor of God supreme, will find perplexities vanish, and a plain path 
before their feet.  DA330 

ESCAPE WITH JESUS BY FLEEING

In affirming the faithfulness of God, Paul makes it clear that 
no one has to sin when testing comes. But note that Paul says God 
will "provide a way out." What is the "way out"? The next verse, 
10:14, says it succinctly: "Flee from idolatry." Don't stay in a 
situation where you experience temptation to sin. This is an important 
principle for us to remember. God's "way out" is often quite simple. We 
are to "get out!" [Victor Bible Background Commentary mod] 

God does make us a promise. We are able to successfully overcome 
every temptation - if we take God's way out of it. Don't think that 
God's way out is all that hard to find, either. Paul summed it up in 
the next verse when he said, "Flee from idolatry." That word "flee" 
occurs several times in Paul's writings. The Greek word, pheugo, is 
found here, in 6:18; 1 Timothy 6:11; and in 2 Timothy 2:22. We're not 
only told to flee idolatry, but to flee fornication, flee love of 
money, and to flee youthful lusts. We may have to stand and fight Satan 
(James 4:7), but when it comes to temptation, Scripture's "way to 
escape" is just that: escape! [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary] 

It is wonderful that the Lord has clearly stated that 
temptations will come to us and that others before and beside us have 
suffered with them, too.  We are not alone in our struggle to live 
victoriously! It is also wonderful that the Lord has provided a way to walk 
through the temptation without committing sin. Our problem, then, is to 
be discerning and obedient: discerning enough to see the way of 
escape; obedient enough to take it! Do you look for a way to escape when 
tempted to sin?  Do you run to it when you see it?  Fleeing may be the 
escape, but if it isn't, God will show you the escape, as you run. Think 
about it.  [In His Time; Walk With Wisdom] 

God knows how much we can take and always provides the way of 
escape. Sometimes the smartest thing to do is to flee (v. 14; 6:18).  
Always look for the open door and the blessing on the other side. 
[Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren Wiersbe] 

When you flee from temptation, be sure you do not leave a 
forwarding address behind. [Chapter by Chapter Bible Commentary by Warren 
Wiersbe] 

   You don't have to look far to find temptation. Actually, all 
you have to do is try to quit a bad habit. Suddenly the reality of 
temptation is all too clear. The appeal of doing what we shouldn't is a 
part of our sinful nature. Even as a new believer, old temptations 
linger. Maybe even some new ones have emerged. You want to please God, 
but the temptation to sin can be very strong. What can you do?  
   Paul offers assurance. Not only does God make sure that your 
temptations are not too strong for you, he also provides you with a way out. 
In other words, the temptation will loom very large in front of 
you, but take your focus off of it for a moment and look around. You 
will see it--the way out. You just have to learn where to look and 
what to look for.  
   You can take God at his word. In those white-knuckle moments 
of temptation when you are simply trying to resist and hold on--hold 
on to God. Ask him to show you that escape hatch. And then run for 
all you're worth! [The One Year Bible for New Believers re 1Co. 
10:13] 

SUMMARY STATEMENTS

In a culture filled with moral depravity and sin-inducing 
pressures, Paul gave strong encouragement to the Corinthians about 
temptation. He said: (1) wrong desires and temptations happen to everyone, 
so don't feel you've been singled out; (2) others have resisted 
temptation, and so can you; (3) any temptation can be resisted because God 
will help you resist it. God helps you resist temptation by helping 
you (1) recognize those people and situations that give you trouble, 
(2) run from anything you know is wrong, (3) choose to do only what 
is right, (4) pray for God's help, and (5) seek friends who love 
God and can offer help when you are tempted. Running from a tempting 
situation is your first step on the way to victory (see 2 Tim. 2:22).  
[Life Application SB] 

Paul's warning to "take heed lest [you] fall" (v. 12) is as 
necessary today as it has ever been. For we, like all who have gone before 
us, are fallen, temptable, and subject to thinking and doing what is 
wrong. Few teachings of Scripture have more practical implications for 
day-to-day living. 
Opportunities for temptation are almost endless. And since human 
nature is not getting any better, nor is any of us immune to the 
corrupted appetites of the flesh, we need to take Paul's warning seriously 
and watch out for temptation, or we will surely fall. Yet Scripture 
offers several alternatives for dealing with temptation as we find it: 
(1) We should avoid temptation whenever possible. Proverbs 
4:14-15 urges us, "Do not enter the path of the wicked, and do not walk 
in the way of evil. Avoid it, do not travel on it." Often we know 
beforehand whether a certain set of circumstances is likely to lead to sin. 
Therefore, the obvious way to avoid sin is to avoid those circumstances. 
Paul described a "way of escape" from temptation (l Cor. 10:13). 
Often the escape is to stay away from the place or the people where 
temptation lurks. 
As believers, we can help others in this regard. We can avoid 
setting up situations that encourage people to do wrong. Teachers, for 
example, can help students avoid cheating by making assignments, giving 
tests, and communicating expectations in ways that reduce the need or 
incentive to cheat. Likewise, business owners and managers can devise 
procedures that don't needlessly place employees in a position where they 
might be tempted to steal cash, inventory, or equipment. It's not that 
a teacher or employer can't trust students or employees, but that 
no one can trust human nature to be immune from temptation. 
(2) We should flee from powerful temptations. Earlier in this 
letter, Paul warned the Corinthians to flee sexual immorality (6:18). 
Here he warned them to flee idolatry (v. 14). Elsewhere he warned 
Timothy to flee the lust for material possessions and wealth (1 Tim. 
6:9-11), as well as youthful lusts (2 Tim. 2:22). The message is clear: 
don't toy with temptation. Flee from it! 
(3) Chronic temptation is something we need to confess and offer 
to Christ and ask for His cleansing work. Some temptations are 
powerful inner struggles, with thoughts and attitudes that graphically 
remind us of how fallen we really are. What should we do with that kind 
of temptation? Rather than deny it or try to repress it, we should 
bring it to Christ. He alone is capable of cleaning up the insides of 
our minds. 
(4) Finally, we must resist temptation until it leaves us. When 
Christ was tempted by the devil, He resisted until the devil went away 
(Matt. 4:1-11). James encouraged us to do the same (James 4:7). 
Resistance begins by bathing our minds with the Word of God and standing 
our ground. We have the promise, after all, that the temptations we 
experience will never go beyond the common experiences of others, or beyond 
our ability to deal with them ( 1 Cor. 10:13). That is great news! 
[Word In Life SB] 

Temptations come into every believer's life -- no one is exempt. 
Temptation is not sinful; the sin comes when the person gives in to 
temptation. Believers must not be shocked or discouraged, or think that they 
are alone in their shortcomings. Instead, they should realize their 
weaknesses and turn to God to resist the temptation. Enduring temptation 
brings great rewards (James 1:12). Yet God does not leave his people to 
Satan's whims. God is not a spectator; he does not leave his children 
alone to face whatever temptations Satan can throw at them. Instead, 
God is faithful. He will not always remove the temptation, because 
facing it and remaining strong can be a growing experience; however, 
God does promise to keep the temptation from becoming so strong that 
you can't stand up against it. This means that there exists no 
temptation that a believer cannot resist. But the believer must resist and 
stand against it. Each temptation can be resisted because God made it 
possible to resist it. The secret to resisting temptation is to recognize 
the source of the temptation and then to recognize the source of 
strength in temptation. God promises to give his people the strength to 
resist. 
Not only that, but God also promises to show you a way out so 
that you will not give in to the temptation and fall into sin. It 
will take self-discipline to look for that "way out" even in the 
middle of the temptation and then to take it when it is found. The way 
out is seldom easy and often requires support from others. One of 
the God-given ways of escape from temptation is common sense. If a 
believer knows that he will be tempted in certain situations, then he 
should stay away from them. Another way out of temptation is through 
Christian friends. Instead of trying to deal with temptation alone, a 
believer can explain her dilemma to a close Christian friend and ask for 
support. This friend can pray, hold the person accountable, and give 
valuable insights and advice. 
The truth is that God loves his people so much that he will 
protect them from unbearable temptation. And he will always give a way 
out. Temptation need never drive a wedge between believers and God. 
Instead, a believer ought to be able to say, "Thank you, God, for 
trusting me that much. You know I can handle this temptation. Now what do 
you want me to do?" (Life Application Commentary Series) 

The bathysphere is an amazing invention. Operating like a 
miniature submarine, bathyspheres have been used to explore the ocean in 
places so deep the water pressure would crush a conventional submarine 
as easily as if it were an aluminum can. Bathyspheres compensate 
for the intense water pressure with plates of steel several inches 
thick. The steel withstands the water pressure, but it also makes a 
bathysphere very heavy and hard to maneuver. The inside is tiny and cramped, 
allowing for only one or two people to survey the ocean floor through a 
tiny plate-glass window. 
Amazingly, divers find fish and other sea creatures at every 
depth of the ocean! Some of these creatures are quite small and have 
normal-looking skin. No heavy metal for them! They swim freely, remaining 
flexible and supple in the inky waters. 
How is it that fish can live at these depths without being 
crushed? They compensate for the outside pressure with equal and opposite 
pressure from inside. 
Spiritual fortitude works in the same way. The more negative the 
circumstances around us, the greater the need for us to allow God's power to 
work within us to exert an equal and opposite pressure. [God's Little 
Devotional Bible] 

MISCELLANEOUS

Carnal desires gain strength by indulgence, therefore should be 
checked in their first rise. [Matthew Henry Commentary] 

Some in the face of temptation are not looking for a way out by 
endurance, but a way in for indulgence. [Bible Knowledge Commentary] 

When temptations come we are to look for the "way out" God 
provides, not expose ourselves to them [Victor Bible Reader's Companion] 

The way out is for those who seek it, not for those who are 
looking for the way in. [College Press NIV Commentary] 

Only a passionate love of purity can save one from impurity. 
[Barclay Commentary] 

Those who are partakers of the divine nature will not give way 
to temptation. MYP81,2