“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.”
There is, therefore, here a recognition of the doctrine that man has natural ability to resist all the temptations to which he is subject; and that consequently, if he yields, he is answerable for it..But God is faithful – This was the only source of security; and this was enough.
When men are tempted, it is because God suffers or permits it. He does not himself tempt men, (Jas 1:13;) he does not infuse evil thoughts into the mind; he does not create an object of temptation to place in our way, but he suffers it to be placed there by others. When we are tempted, therefore, we are to remember that it is because he suffers or permits it; not because he does it. His agency is that of sufferance, not of creation. We are to remember, too, that there is some good reason why it is thus permitted; and that it may be turned in some way to his glory, and to our advancement in virtue.
—Albert Barnes’ New Testament Notes/Commentary
God’s Word informs the reader that while man endures temptations, if man will only rely on God, He will offer man a way out.
BUT, to secure the WAY OUT, man must have placed his faith in God Almighty.
Perhaps that is why so many of the lost not only do NOT look for another way out of temptation, they announce to the world that they consider a WAY OUT to be an invalid choice.
Many times, the lost announce that they have spiritually “painted themselves into a corner” and have no other recourse but to sin.
HOW MANY times has the reader heard someone shrug his shoulders, give in to sin and then ask, “What else can I do?”
AS IF there was no alternative to sinning.
AS IF sin was his only choice.
AS IF it was a natural part of the human condition to commit sin against God.
“What else can I do?”
“but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able”
Here are a few random questions:
HOW MANY moderns know the limits of how far they might be tempted?
HOW MANY moderns have tried to resist temptation on their own to the limits of their ability?
HOW MANY have decided to give in to temptation BEFORE the temptation has even finished singing its siren song?
Yes, all men sin.
The difference between the many who are lost and those few in the kingdom of heaven?
The lost run to their sin and embrace it, many so used to sinning that to sin seems natural to them.
Those who have had their lives transformed still sin, BUT they are ACUTELY aware of their transgression and struggle to avoid it.
Occasionally, they are successful.
Sometimes, they are not.
The few, however, know that God will catch them whenever they fall and help them up.
The few KNOW they will stumble.
However, the few also KNOW they are truly blessed.
“Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.”
“Blessed is he whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man unto whom the LORD imputeth not iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no guile.”
(Why is this blessedness not generally known? Chalk it up to having Satan’s workers teaching about Scripture for a few millennia.)
Once again: the few also KNOW they are truly blessed.
But the few are also looking for that WAY OUT of sin.
The lost are not only NOT looking for a way out of sin, they act as if sin is their only course of action.
God provides a way out, but the lost announce that there is NO WAY OUT.
And, when one does not place his faith for the future in God Almighty and His Son, Jesus Christ, there basically is no other way out.
BUT, before one can take the offered WAY OUT, one has to be looking for a WAY OUT.
HAS the reader endured temptation–or has the reader been faced with temptation and quickly given in?
It is not YET too late: there is still time to change direction (repent), place your faith (hope) for the future entirely on Jesus Christ and enter the kingdom of heaven.
DOES the reader believe he is saved?
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DOES the reader believe he is NOT saved?
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THE GOSPEL OF JESUS CHRIST
“Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain. For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
And that he was seen of Cephas, then of the twelve: After that, he was seen of above five hundred brethren at once; of whom the greater part remain unto this present, but some are fallen asleep. After that, he was seen of James; then of all the apostles. And last of all he was seen of me also, as of one born out of due time. ”
–1 Corinthians 15:1-8
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.”
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