Written for Our Admonition

1Corinthians 10:11-13 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall. There has 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 you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it. 

‘For our admonition’ – There is no need of these things being written for our warning if we cannot be cut off from God and be lost like the Israelites in these examples. They could not be referring to sinning sinners only and not to sinning saints.

‘Admonition’ [Greek: nouthesia] ] warning (10:11; Eph. 6:4; Tit. 3:10).

‘Upon whom the ends of the world are come’ – The examples of Israel at the beginning of the Mosaic ages are for you upon whom the end of those ages has come; or, they are for you that have come to the closing ages.

‘Wherefore let him that thinks he stands take heed lest he fall.’ This verse concludes the warning against backsliding and following the examples of Israel of 1Corinthians 10:1-12.

‘There has 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 you are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that you may be able to bear it.’ This verse gives assurance of the eternal keeping of God in all temptations and His help in every one of them, providing we obey the warnings of 1Corinthians 10:1-12. No man can be kept from a fall if he persistently refuses to meet conditions. Our standing depends upon our faith and union with God and steadfastness in prayer. The greatest saint can stand only as long as he depends upon God and continues in obedience to the gospel (Gen. 2:17; 3:1-19; Deut. 8:11-18; Pro. 1:10-17; 2:10-16; 4:14-15; 5:6-21; 6:27-28; 7:7-23; 9:15-17; 12:26; 14:27; 16:29; 19:27; 28:10; Isa. 33:15-16; Matt. 13:22; Luke 8:13; Rom. 6:12-23; 8:12-13; 12:21; 14:13-21; 1Cor. 7:5; 8:9-13; 10:1-12; 2Cor. 2:11; 11:3; Gal. 5:16-26; Eph. 4:27; 6:10-18; 1Tim. 5:15; 6:9-17; Heb. 3:6, 3:12-14; 6:4-11; 10:26-38; Jas. 1:2-16; 4:7; 2Pet. 2:9, 20-22; 3:17; 1Jn. 2:15-17). Any man who rejects these conditions of living right will someday see that he cannot escape death and eternal punishment.

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