because our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, in the Holy Spirit,(A) and with full assurance. You know how we lived among you(B) for your benefit, and you yourselves became imitators of us and of the Lord when, in spite of severe persecution, you welcomed the message(C) with joy from the Holy Spirit. As a result, you became an example to all the believers in Macedonia(D) and Achaia.(E)

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