If you read 1 Corinthians 10:13 on its own – you are proof-texting. One needs to go to verses 1-12 to put verse 13 into its rightful context.
13 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.
What temptations are common to man, because one cannot be overtaken by any temptation other than those common to man.
What does the rest of 1 Corinthians 10 say?
Verse 1 : Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea;
God made a way for the Jews to inhabit the Promised Land and made a safe way through the Red Sea in order for them to claim the Promised Land.
2 And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea;
3 And did all eat the same spiritual meat;
All were believed the same – they followed Moses, trusted him and in so doing were obedient to God.
5 But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness.
Upon crossing over, they become disobedient, start to complain, start rejecting the Law, turning away from God. They had given in to temptation.
6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.
We can still learn from these people today – how not to lust after evil things as they did.
7 Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play.
Question : Is it acceptable to be an idolater today in the Dispensation of Grace since we aren’t under the Law?
8 Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand.
Is it also acceptable to be a fornicator in the Dispensation of Grace? I’m inclined to call it the Dispensation of “Anything goes”. Mid-Acts Dispensationalists have some of the lowest (moral) standards in the world.
9 Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents.
Do you think because God has forgiven you all your sins that you can go ahead and behave like an alley cat and that there will be no consequences?
Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.
10 Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
Have you stopped to think how much you complain? Read 1 Thessalonians 5:18 and put things into perspective.
11 Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.
2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof
13 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.f, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.
12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.
What are the temptations in question in 1 Corinthians 10?
1. Idolatry – He tells us to flee from it
14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.
If you flee from it – you will not suffer it.
22 Do we provoke the Lord to jealousy? are we stronger than he?
2. Fornication – He tells us to flee from it
1 Corinthians 6:18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man doeth is without the body; but he that committeth fornication sinneth against his own body.
Question : Is our suffering on this earth temptation?
So then why do some Mid-Acts Dispensationalists stand on the “promise” of 1 Corinthians 10:13, just as Pentecostals do and say that God won’t give us any more suffering than what we can possibly endure?
I know why – because they do not approve things that are excellent.
There’s a huge divide between suffering and giving into temptation. One can suffer temptation but God makes a way out of it by telling you to flee from it.
Are we to flee from suffering? No, we are told to endure it.
2 Timothy 2:3 3 Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.
Amazing how many out there want God to take away their suffering when He actually tells them to endure it. All you see is prayers asking God to put an end to the suffering – but the prayers should actually be for strength and endurance in one’s innerman to cope with the suffering.
And you ask why I call them Grace Denominationalists?
If I believed what they do, I should be praying :
“Oh Lord, won’t you buy me a Mercedes Benz…….? I’m tired of taking trains and buses, and must make amends”. LOL.