There were those who despised others who in their assembly.
At that time remember the kingdom powers were still present among them
that led to the judgment of those who had offended. Paul warns them to judge themselves to see if they were despising those in their assembly who had nothing.
Or do you despise the church of God and humiliate those who have ...
You asked … “My question is: what is the reason, in Paul's mind, for the ills befalling them?”
Paul already answered that question - quite clearly -
1 COR 11:29 For he who eats and drinks in an unworthy manner eats and drinks judgment to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body.
The ‘ills’ befell them because they were not discerning the Lord’s body. But I ...
'he reclined at table and the apostles with him'.
One group; shared experience; close relationships.
'the Son of Man goes as it has been determined".
Truth taught; One body of understanding.
'This is my body'.
One body represented and participated in.
'Do this in remembrance of me'.
me/One body; shared ...
I find it utterly incredible how some Men do not care what Paul is actually teaching, they still have a faith so weak they insist on works salvation.
This is SIMPLE LOGIC.
Asking what defines works of the Law is Moot using simple Logic.
Why? Because Paul excludes EVERY THING but faith. So you can argue, twist, & redefine works until Christ comes but the ...
I have been speculating on this question for a time now. Something that occurs to me from reading all of the previous answers is simply, it was God's timing.
Although we are not given this specific information, it is possible that Paul was not moved to exercise the demon until the Holy Spirit moved him to do so.
Timing was everything and for this narrative ...
And what is this presumed "abrahamic covenant theology from the Arab perspective"? And who were the "Arabs"? And were there such a people who self identified as such then, or was it an identity imposed on them externally, perhaps the Romans?
In Galatians where Paul recalled his sojourn in Arabia, he wrote:
But what does the Scripture say?...
Nigel J says it well, they had the same doctrine but there is no way to know for sure if they are the same people. It's best to go with "I don't know if they were the same people or not" and focus on the main point of the story.
I don't mean to be overly detailed but it helps me to understand something if I look at the context.
Looking at the whole ...
Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus
Christ's humility (Matthew 11:29, 23:12; Luke 14:11, 18:14).
he was in the form of God
As Adam and Eve in paradise, before the fall, since man (John 19:5) was initially made in God's image (Genesis 1:26-27, 5:1; Wisdom 2:23); see also Last Adam and Adam Kadmon.
Typologically, the untilled ...