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

1 Corinthians 10:13 - Temptation Comes with Limits and a Way of 

1 Corinthians 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 

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 

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 
   "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 
   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 
   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." [http://www.tommyswindow.com/english/refiner_of_silver.pps] 


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 

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 


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] 

   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. 


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] 


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 Bible 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 Bible Commentary] 


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 

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 


   Harry Houdini will always be remembered as a master of 
escape. No matter what the contraption, he could free himself. Chains, 
locks, straitjackets, boxes, jails, and trunks could not hold Houdini. 
It seemed he always managed to find a way out.  
   When it comes to temptation, God wants us to be like Houdini. 
That's the clear teaching in this section of 1 Corinthians. God wants 
us to escape temptation's chains, trunks, and straitjackets, but he 
does not expect us to do this alone. In fact, he has given us an 
advantage even Houdini did not have - the Holy Spirit showing the way to 
escape temptation's grasp...  
   Corinthian society was much like ours today. Immorality was 
everywhere, and the pressure on Christians to participate in it was 
tremendous. For believers surrounded and plagued by all this temptation, 
Paul offered these words of hope. There's always a way out (1 
Corinthians 10:13).  
   At times we may feel that temptation is overpowering or 
impossible to resist, but God never lets that happen. Wrong desires and 
temptations happen to everyone all the time. In every case, God provides a 
way out.  
   There are five steps you can take to avoid unnecessary 
temptations: (1) learn to recognize tempting circumstances; (2) stay away 
from every activity you know is wrong; (3) consciously choose to do 
only what is right; (4) ask God to help you; and (5) ask friends who 
love God to hold you accountable. Most importantly, whenever you are 
tempted, take the way out that God provides. Do not think that you have 
no choice. There's always a way out. [The One Year Through the 
Bible Devotional by Dave Veerman] 

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] 


   There is an open road ahead of you - all the way to heaven. I 
am your traveling Companion, and I know every twist and turn of 
your path. You see problems and limitations impeding your progress no 
matter which direction you look. But your vision is ever so limited. 
All I ask of you is to take the next small step - refusing to give 
up, refusing to stop trusting Me.  
   Your life is truly a faith-walk, and I am absolutely 
faithful! Though your understanding will fail you, I never will. The 
challenge before you is to stop focusing on your problems and limitations 
- and to believe that the way ahead really is an open road, in 
spite of how it looks.  
   I am the Way to the Father in heaven. Remember how much I had 
to suffer in order to open up the path of Life for you. No one else 
will ever have to endure what I went through. When you are 
struggling, simply take the next step and thank Me for clearing the way 
before you - all the way to heaven. (1Co. 10:13; 2Co. 5:7; John 14:6) 
[Jesus Today by Sarah Young] 

   Hold unswervingly to the hope you profess, for I am faithful. 
Sometimes - especially when many things are going wrong - all you can do 
is hold on to Me. You would love to sort things out in your mind 
and find a way to go forward, but often this is impossible. The best 
thing to do at such times is seek My Face and profess your hope.  
   To profess hope is to affirm it openly. Your words matter! 
They make a difference, not only to other people but also to you. 
They have a strong influence on your physical and emotional 
well-being. Negative words will pull you down. But when you openly affirm 
your hope and trust in Me, you gain strength to move forward with 
   The basis of this confidence is that I am faithful. Moreover, 
I will not let you be tempted beyond your ability to endure. 
Sometimes the way of escape I provide is through your own words, such as: 
"I trust You, Jesus; my hope is in You." This sort of affirmation 
helps you hold on to your hope unswervingly - persistently. (Heb. 
10:23; Psa. 27:7, 8; 1Co. 10:13) [Jesus Today by Sarah Young] 

   Keep your eyes on Me! Waves of adversity are washing over 
you, and you feel tempted to give up. As your circumstances consume 
more and more of your attention, you are losing sight of Me. Yet I am 
with you always, holding you by your right hand. I am fully aware of 
your situation, and I will not allow you to be tempted beyond what 
you are able to bear.   
   Your gravest danger is worrying about tomorrow. If you try to 
carry tomorrow's burdens today, you will stagger under the load and 
eventually fall flat. You must discipline yourself to live within the 
boundaries of today. It is in the present moment that I walk close to you, 
helping you carry your burdens. Keep your focus on My Presence in the 
present. (Psa. 73:23; 1Co.10:13) [Jesus Calling by Sarah Young] 





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