Ephesians 1. This letter has a wonderful explanation of the Christian Gospel. The Apostle Paul stars out with a greeting, then explains what it means to get redemption in Christ and ends up with a prayer for spiritual wisdom.
Isaiah 44. Israel is the chosen nation, God is supreme, idols are worthless. Sing, for the LORD has done it. God is the one “That saith of Cyrus, He is my shepherd, and shall perform all my pleasure: even saying to Jerusalem, Thou shalt be built; and to the temple, Thy foundation shall be laid.”
Isaiah 45. Cyrus was God’s instrument. God gave him “the treasures of darkness”, though he did not acknowledge Him. The Lord is the only savior, there is none else. God said: “I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear.”
Galatians 1. The Apostle Paul started the letter with a greeting and blessing. Then he tore into the Galatians: There is only one gospel, Paul gave his defense for it, and explained his call to apostleship.
Isaiah 30 emphasizes “Don’t trust in Egypt!” But they were a rebellious people; in spite of that God will be gracious to Israel but execute judgement on Assyria.
Isaiah 31 proclaims woe to the Egyptophiles. The LORD will pass over Israel, but not Assyria.
Isaiah 32 ushers in the reign of righteousness, warns against complacency, and says (in King James Bible) “The vile person shall be no more called liberal” (NIV translates liberal as noble) so a few verses down it says (in NIV) “But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand.” The promise is that the Holy spirit is righteousness and “The fruit of that righteousness will be peace.”
Romans 1:1-17 starts with an eloquent greeting to all in Rome, and it is just as valid for us today as it was then. Paul longed to visit Rome and impart scriptural spiritual wisdom, such as “the Just shall live by Faith.”
Nehemiah 4. Through strong opposition the building of the wall was defended.
Nehemiah 5. Nehemiah encountered oppression but showed great generosity.
Psalm 54 , of David. A short prayer with conviction that God is David’s helper.
Titus 1, Greeting, Qualifications for Elders, The Elders’ Duties.
2 Timothy 1, Greeting, Timothy’s Faith, Mother Eunice, Grandmother Lois, Not Ashamed of the Gospel, Be Loyal to the Faith.
1 Timothy 1, Greeting, No Other Doctrine, Glory to God for His Grace, Fight the Good Fight.
2 Thessalonians 1, Greeting, God’s Final Judgment, God’s Glory.
Colossians 1, Greeting, Faith in Christ, Preeminence of Christ, Reconciled in Christ, Sacrificial Service in Christ.