The Expository Files


What 1 Corinthians 10:13 Teaches About Temptation

1 Corinthians 10:13

To better understand the teachings of 1 Corinthians 10:13 [NKJV] about temptation, we need to think about its great truths...

"No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man" - No person except Jesus Christ has ever faced any unique temptations - He was the unique Son of God (Matthew 4:1-11)! The temptations that we encounter are the same kinds which trouble other human beings (1 Peter 5:8-9).

"but God is faithful" - God does not lie; He always tells the truth (Numbers 23:18-19). He, therefore, always keeps all of His promises (Deuteronomy 7:9-10). That faithfulness includes what is stated in this verse about us being able to overcome temptation!

"who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able" - God has set limits on the power of Satan in tempting us (Psalms 103:11-14; Job 1:6-2:10). Therefore, Satan cannot set any temptation before us which is impossible for us to resist.

"but with the temptation will also make the way of escape" - We need to remember that God is smarter and stronger than Satan (1 John 4:4). Hence, no matter what Satan uses to tempt us, God provides an "escape route" so that we can avoid giving in to that temptation (2 Peter 2:4-9).

"that you may be able to bear it" - With God's help, it is possible for us to "bear" [bear up under; endure] every temptation sent by Satan. Jesus Christ certainly did (John 8:29; Hebrews 4:14-16)!

1 Corinthians 10:13 is a wonderful promise about overcoming temptation! Such help from God is one of the many spiritual blessings available to all who are "in Christ" (Ephesians 1:3). Are you included in that blessed number (Galatians 3:26-27)?

By John David Powlas
From Expository Files 15.4; April 2008