In the context of an argument that Christians should settle disputes among themselves without taking each other to court, PaulA Christian missionary who once persecuted the church More highlights the contrast between the Corinthian Christians and their pagan neighbors by listing several vices and declaring that “wrongdoers will not inherit the kingdom of God” (1 Corinthians 6:9). He reminds the Corinthians that “in the name of the Lord JesusJesus is the Messiah whose life, death, and resurrection are God's saving act for humanity More Christ and in the Spirit of our God” they have been transferred from one way of life to another (1 Corinthians 6:11).
At various points in Paul’s letters, he lists vices or ways of life that are at odds with the Christian life (in addition to 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, see, for example, 2 Corinthians 12:20 and Galatians 5:19-21). Such vice lists were a conventional element within ancient moral reasoning.
From Romans 7, we can be sure that Paul understands that those in Christ still commit sins. Rather than saying that anyone who commits sin is excluded from the kingdom of GodThe kingdom (reign) of God is a central theme of Jesus' teaching and parables. According to Jesus this reign of God is a present reality and at the same time is yet to come. When Christians pray the Lord's Prayer, they ask that God's kingdom... More, Paul is here differentiating the Christian life from other ways of life. The Corinthians seem to have believed that being in Christ had few if any implications for their conduct toward one another or those outside the church. Paul uses the vice list to contrast the former state of at least some of the Corinthian Christians with their present state as washed, sanctified, and justified and to support his claim that they should therefore settle disputes without recourse to courts and should otherwise honor one another rather than practice exploitation.
This text is one of a few places where Paul uses words that refer to homosexual behavior. (See also Romans 1:26-27 and, in the later Pauline tradition, 1 TimothyThe companion on Paul's later journeys for whom two pastoral epistles are named More 1:10.) While historians speculate on the question of whether the apostleDerived from a Greek word meaning "one who is sent," an apostle is a person who embraces and advocates another person's idea or beliefs. At the beginning of his ministry Jesus called twelve apostles to follow and serve him. Paul became an apostle of Jesus... More Paul could have had any concept of non-exploitative homosexual relationships (and what he would have thought of such relationships if he could have conceived of them), in this context the words are in a list of exploitative and destructive behaviors including greed, theft, fornication, adultery, and more. All of these offer examples of self-aggrandizement like that which characterizes the problem at hand: namely, Christians seeking judgments against one another in court. Paul’s point is that as Christians, members of the Corinthian church have been transferred from such a way of life-whatever its specific elements-to a way of life that seeks the good of the other above one’s own (see 1 Corinthians 10:24, “Do not seek your own advantage, but that of the other.”)