4knowing, brothers loved by God, how you were chosen.#c. [1:4] 2 Thes 2:13. 5For our gospel did not come to you in word alone, but also in power and in the holy Spirit and [with] much conviction. You know what sort of people we were [among] you for your sake.#d. [1:5] Acts 13:52; 17:1–9. 6And you became imitators#Imitators: the Pauline theme of “imitation” (see 1 Thes 2:14; 1 Cor 4:16; 11:1; 2 Thes 3:9) is rooted in Paul’s view of solidarity in Christ through sharing in Jesus’ cross and in the Spirit of the risen Lord. of us and of the Lord, receiving the word in great affliction, with joy from the holy Spirit, 7so that you became a model for all the believers in Macedonia and in Achaia.#e. [1:7] 2 Thes 1:4; 1 Cor 4:16; 11:1 / 2:14; Phil 3:17. 8For from you the word of the Lord has sounded forth not only in Macedonia and [in] Achaia, but in every place your faith in God has gone forth, so that we have no need to say anything.#f. [1:8] Rom 1:8. 9For they themselves openly declare about us what sort of reception we had among you, and how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God#g. [1:9] Acts 14:15; Gal 4:8 / 4:5.