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No Temptation Has Overtaken You…
“No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide way out so that you can endure it” (1 Cor. 10:13). In this passage, Paul is warning the Corinthians against being overconfident in their faith, or turning it into an idol, instead of a way of being. Paul gives them examples from the past in the Hebrew scriptures. He tells how the People of God had God with them, that they were “baptised into Moses in the cloud and in the sea. They all ate the same spiritual food and drank the same spiritual drink...Nevertheless, God was not pleased with most of them; their bodies were scattered in the wilderness” (verses 2-30). Why? Because they turned to idols, or they had turned their own religious practices into occasions for revelry, or they had made a god out of the law, or out of an all too narrow understanding of the law, instead of actually struggling to live the law given to them by their faithful God, out of a deep and real love for him. Are we not tempted to do this ourselves at times? There are sins called “sins against the Holy Spirit.” These are particularly dangerous to our eternal souls. They are sins of presumption. One of these presumptions is when one counts oneself as saved and then believes that no matter what sins one commits, venial or mortal, God will just forgive them. It is essentially saying that because I am “saved” I can do no wrong. This is death to the soul by way of a half truth. Yes, God can and will forgive all sins, venial and mortal, IF…