In these three verses Paul lists ten sins. The list begins with the rhetorical question: Do you now know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? These ten sins are characterized by unrighteousness. Thus, those who practice these sins are unrighteous.

The result of being unrighteous is that one will not enter the kingdom of heaven. “Kingdom of heaven” refers to the future inheritance all Christians are promised at Christ’s return. Those who practice the ten sins listed do not have any future hope.

Verse 11 also clearly teaches that these types of sins should be in the Christians past, not in their present. The Christian community in Corinth was made up of people who were identified as thieves, adulterers, fornicators, etc… because of their practicing of such sins. However, these sins are not how they are characterized now, because they have been transformed by the gospel.

The transformation of the gospel is Paul’s main point in this section. It is the best way of understanding how verses 1-8 flow into verses 9-20. The gospel transforms our actions. This is why we do not bring our brothers and sisters in Christ to court. It is also why we no longer practice these listed sins.

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