But anytime I begin a book of the Bible written by Paul, I tend to start a few verses into it. As in, whenever Paul is done with his whole "Grace and peace to you from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ" shpeal.
It's like, "Yeah, yeah, heard it already, get on to the good stuff."
The good stuff?
Yesterday I was compelled to pick apart Galatians 1:3-5 (One of the "Grace and peace and blah, blah, blah" parts). I translated it from Greek, took it all in, and smiled.
Here you go:
Grace * benefit * favor * liberality * joy
peace * quietness * rest * being set at one again
from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ,
who gave * bestowed * committed Himself
for our sins * offences
that He might rescue * deliver * pluck us out
from the present evil * grievous * wicked * harmful * lewd * malicious course,
according to the will * pleasure * desire
of our God and Father,
to whom be glory * honor * worship * praise * dignity
in this course and for ever.
There were some things in these verses that I needed to drink in--not just gloss over for the gazillionth time. Jumping ahead to get to the "good stuff?" Yeah, I'd definitely say the good stuff starts smack dab in verse one!
"ALL Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."
2 Timothy 3:16