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No More Than One Can Handle

A discussion on 1 Corinthians 10:13

 Introduction

1 Corinthians 10:13 states “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it (1 Cor10:13 1984) is often misused as a means of interpretation that Christians will overcome all adversities or not face obstacles. In reality this is far from the case.

 Proper Perspective

According to Eric J Bargerhuff “This verse was written as a warning and encouragement to the people of Corinth who became overly confident in their ability to resist temptation (Bargerhuff 2012). Bargerhuff further points out the Christians of Corinth still attended the social gatherings where idol worship was present and engaged in drunkenness and other debauchery. Bargerhuff also points out the Apostle Paul warn that although a mature Christian may be able to resist such temptations and remain spiritually strong in Christ, such temptations could cause a weaker brother to fall. Thus, to encourage such behavior to a fellow believer is a sin (Bargerhuff 2012).” Bargerhuff illuminates the reader that the verse should not be considered as promise that God will provide safety from harm. In fact many people must endure suffering to destroy self-reliance and come to rely on Christ the Father and the Spirit for true sufficiency, such was the case during Paul’s many times of imprisonment and hardships.

Personal Reflection

I myself was one who firmly once clung to this verse in hard times as a life verse of encouragement expecting it to mean all was going to ok and God had a plan and destiny for me. It was not until I read Job and reread the New Testament and studied a bit about the apostle Paul that I came to realize self-reliance leads to failure. The key is to align ones will with God’s will. To Love other as Jesus Love, to rejoice in ones’ blessing and sorrows, to try and not question why and to remember this is not our home the world is the realm of principalities we are aliens here our true destination and residence is Heaven. Our divine purpose is to fulfil the Great Commission, to love our brothers, to teach others to love and to teach humankind about God. Everything in between is just icing on the cake not the cake and is a blessing from God. Our true rewards are not of this world but are being stored for us in Heaven in our crowns, in our riches and in our rightful place as citizens, servants and denizens of the Eternal Kingdom.

Conclusion

 

1 Corinthians 10:13 states “No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it (1 Cor10:13 1984) is often misused as a means of interpretation that Christians will overcome all adversities or not face obstacles. In reality this is far from the case. Proper Perspective

According to Eric J Bargerhuff “This verse was written as a warning and encouragement to the people of Corinth who became overly confident in their ability to resist temptation (Bargerhuff 2012). The proper use of the verse therefore is to strengthen one’s faith and to enlighten one on the need of reliance on God during times of struggle. It also warns trouble will come but such difficulty only serve to strengthen one’s relationship. A final message is a warning against becoming too arrogant towards temptation and leading another believer into temptation.

In God, Christ, and the Holy Spirit,

Trenton Clark Rindoks

 

Word count: # 676

 

Bibliography

Bargerhuff, Eric J. The Most Misused Verses In The Bible Surpring ways God’s Word is Misunderstood. Minneapolis: Bethany House, 2012.

New International Version Bible. Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1984.

 

 

 

 

 

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