1 Corinthians 10:12: Self-Confidence Kills
1 Corinthians 10:12: Therefore let anyone who thinks that he stands take heed lest he fall. 
1 Corinthians 10:12 connects with James 1:13-15 (previous blog series) because both show our need for the whole Trinity.  Particularly in this passage, Paul warns Christians to not trust their spiritual “progress.”  If the Corinthians remember their weakness they will see their need, trust Christ, and have assurance in Him, rather than relying on their inconsistent selves. 
Paul’s divinely inspired truth  opposes any notion that we can fix ourselves. This text reminds Christians that as their salvation began depending on the Trinity,  they continue depending on the Trinity.  Christians who rely on their efforts behave like non-Christians. Unbelievers are relying on themselves and Scripture is clear that personal effort cannot save.  Trusting that Christ’s life, death, and resurrection are sin’s solution saves and assures help for all of life. 
 The Holy Bible: English Standard Version. (Wheaton, IL: Standard Bible Society, 2016), Logos Bible Software. All Scripture references will be ESV unless noted otherwise.
 John Calvin. Commentary on the Epistles of Paul the Apostle to the Corinthians, Vol. 1. Trans. John Pringle. (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1981), 330.
 Calvin, Corinthians, 330.
 See 2 Timothy 3:16; 2 Peter 3:3, 3:15-16. See also James Montgomery Boice. Foundations of the Christians Faith: A comprehensive & Readable Theology, Revised in Volume One. (Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1981), 47.
 Ephesians 1:3-10; 2:1-10.
 Philippians 1:6. See also The Westminster Standards: The Westminster Confession of Faith, the Larger Catechism, and the Shorter Catechism. (Philadelphia, PA: Great Commission Publications, 2011), Confession of Faith chapters 25-27.
 John 14:6; Acts 4:12; Romans 3:28; Galatians 2:16.
 Romans 8; 10:9.