I have to share thoughts on 1Cor. 10

 

Bible Study is more than just reading.

At the least it is reading well.

At the most it takes a lot of work and good thinking.

Separate any single verse from its content is often problematic.

We all do it; we've all heard and likely quote one.

Let's look at 1Cor. 10:13.

 

 

“Temptation has not come upon you except what is common to humanity. But God is faithful, who will not permit you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but will also make a way out together with the temptation, so that you may be able to endure it. (1Co 10:13 LEB)”

I just listened to a discussion of a panel of four were one was an expert. I never heard what he had to say about this verse. The other three took over the first section going on and on about “endure/ing”. I stopped listening.

The point of this verse is not the second to last word. Though it is a very important teaching in scripture. Before I or you make any kind of clear thought on this verse let's place it in some context with its paragraph. The verse above v.12 and the verse below v.14 start with “therefore” (wherefore, so, even, some form of a point of emphasis) which simply means we must recall the above information in reading the next information.

“Therefore, the one who thinks that he stands must watch out lest he fall. Temptation has not come upon you except what is common to humanity. But God is faithful, who will not permit you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but will also make a way out together with the temptation, so that you may be able to endure it. Therefore, my dear friends, flee from idolatry.” (1Co 10:12-14 LEB)

What is above? “warning against idolatry”. What is below? “warning against idolatry”. Above are lessons to learn before us. Below, lessons to learn now.

The temptation in v.13 is “common to humanity” nothing unusual. Even gives the answer for the way out “flee from idolatry”. A note on temptation – it comes from inward or outward. This seems more inward, a problem we humans have. True, the outward would be what the world has to offer.

I see no problem changing idolatry for another word. Gambling, Alcohol, pornography, useless and pointless debates, any one that fits the common weakness' of men and women. Even though idolatry is major in warnings within scripture. And Paul is warning against how we are perceived in the eyes of others that worship other gods. How we are to conduct ourselves so not to be insulting.

I said all that not to belittle this sentence - But God is faithful, who will not permit you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but will also make a way out together with the temptation, so that you may be able to endure it. - but show the context of it. God does his part, we are to do our part.

I pray that we all endure in our faith in God who is faithful.