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In these passages, Paul tells the Corinthians two very important truths.  First, Paul tells the Corinthians that even he must persevere in belief to make it to Heaven. He implied that his Salvation is not guaranteed when he said, “I buffet my body and make it my slave, lest possibly after I have preached to others, I myself should be disqualified.”

So then it is possible to lead others to believe in Jesus Christ, putting them on the pathway to Heaven, and not make it there ourselves. We will be tempted to turn away from obedience to God and turn to sin. If we give ourselves over to sin we will be lost and condemned to Hell.

The second point that Paul makes is that we are able to resist temptation. Paul said, “God is faithful who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptations will provide the way of escape also, that you may be able to endure it.” I have personally found this to be true in my life. Like everybody, I am tempted to sin on occasion. Sometimes the temptation is very powerful. 

On some of those occasions, I have prayed for God to provide a way of escape according to His Word. Amazingly, when praying that prayer, the temptation just melted away. It is an effective prayer, but it takes real effort to pray for escape from temptation. Our physical self does not want to resist temptation. Therefore, our spiritual side must prevail. Our belief in Jesus allows our spiritual side to win.