Temptation permitted

Corinthians 10:13

With warning the inspired apostle combined encouragement ” but will with the temptation also make a way to escape,” (v.13)

The self confident are admonished lest their high opinion of themselves should be the occasion of their fall. ‘Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall” (v.12)

In the next verse the fainthearted are inspired by the assurance that, although they will be tempted, a Divine Deliver shall appear upon their behalf, and they shall be led in the path of refuge “The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;” (Is.61:1)

Temptation is permitted by God. Seeing that it is allow by Providence that troubles are a part of life, none need to expect to escape “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.” (Ps.34:19)

The young are tempted by the pleasures of sense and of associations, the old by greed and the love of easiness, the learned by self confidence, the great by ambition, the devout and the useful by spiritual pride “Pride goeth before destruction, and an haughty spirit before a fall.” (Prov.16:18)To every tempted person it may be said, your case is not unusual, all the good have attained to goodness by passing through the fiery furnace of affliction and trouble and doubt and spiritual conflict.

Christ himself was sorely tempted, an his disciple is not above his Lord.

It is the common lot, in which we have fellowship with one another and with our Lord “Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.” (Job 14:1)

Temptation is withstood through the faithfulness of the Lord Jesus. God has undertaken to defend and deliver his people “He knoweth how to deliver the godly out of temptation.” (II.Pt.2:9)

The faithfulness of a true and unchanging God is the anchor by which the tempted shall ride out of the storms of life.“If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king.” (Dan.3:17)

When Jesus was beset by the adversary, he warded off every thrust by the power of the scripture “Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. Then the devil leaveth him, and, behold, angels came and ministered unto him” (Mt.4:10,11)

God encourages his people to call upon him in the days of trouble. When tempted, we arise and call upon our God “The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.” (Prov.18:10)

Temptation itself is tempered by an overruling Providence. It shall not exceed our powers of endurance and resistance “but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able;” (v.13)

It may be subtle, it may be sudden, yet the watchful and prayerful people of God shall rebuff and overcome temptation “And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown.” (Rev.3:11)

The Lord who is ruler of all things can both alter the force of the onset and impart strength to stand in the evil days. “But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren.” (Lk.22:32)

Temptation is, in the case of God’s people, accompanied by means of escape.

The same God who delivered Daniel from the lions den, and Peter from the prison, makes a path of safety for all who trust in him “And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.” (Acts12:11)

Dangers and distresses are ever repeated through out life.

It is only when we have enter the gates of heaven that we will be beyond the reach of the tempter’s arm ” I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: Henceforth there is laid up for me a ve me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.” II.Tim.4:7,8) ” And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away. And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new,”” (Rev.21:4,5)


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