← Back

What does it mean in 1 Cor 10:13 that 'No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind?'


1 Corinthians 10:13

ESV - 13 No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.

Clarify Share Report Asked July 12 2016 Image Thomas K M

Community answers are sorted based on votes. The higher the vote, the further up an answer is.

Image Thomas K M A retired Defence Scientist from Indian Defence R&D Orgn.
I would like to give some inputs to this question.
1 Corinthians 10:13 is a wonderful promise about overcoming temptation! Such help from God is one of the many spiritual blessings available to all who are "in Christ" (Ephesians 1:3).

In the Bible, temptation is a test or trial designed give a subject the 
opportunity to do evil and sin against God. Sometimes the point is to confuse the subject about what good and evil really are. Sometimes the point is to simply see if they truly understand what good and evil are in the first place. Sometimes God does the tempting, sometimes Satan is given this task.

No person except Jesus Christ has ever faced any unique temptations. He was the unique Son of God (Matthew 4:1-11)! The temptations that we encounter are the same kinds which trouble other human beings (1 Peter 5:8-9).

God does not lie; He always tells the truth (Numbers 23:18-19). He, therefore, always keeps all of His promises (Deuteronomy 7:9-10). Faithfulness includes what is stated in this verse about us being able to overcome temptation!

God has set limits on the power of Satan in tempting us (Psalms 103:11-14; Job 1:6-2:10). Therefore, Satan cannot set any temptation before us which is impossible for us to resist.

We need to remember that God is smarter and stronger than Satan (1 John 4:4). Hence, no matter what Satan uses to tempt us, God provides an "escape route" so that we can avoid giving in to that temptation (2 Peter 2:4-9).

With God's help, it is possible for us to "bear" every temptation sent by Satan. Jesus Christ certainly did (John 8:29; Hebrews 4:14-16)!

Are you included in that blessed number (Galatians 3:26-27)?

July 13 2016 1 response Vote Up Share Report

Add your Answer

All answers are REVIEWED and MODERATED.
Please ensure your answer MEETS all our guidelines.

What makes a good answer? ▼

A good answer provides new insight and perspective. Here are guidelines to help facilitate a meaningful learning experience for everyone.

  1. Adhere to the eBible Statement of Faith.
  2. Your answer should be complete and stand-alone.
  3. Include supporting arguments, and scripture references if possible. Seek to answer the "why".
  4. Adhere to a proper tone and spirit of love and understanding.
  5. For more info see The Complete Guide to eBible
  1. 4000 characters remaining