...not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance

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What does this mean?....1 Thess 1:5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance
 

SoulWeaver

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1 Thess 1:4 For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, 5 because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction.

The apostles are affirming the Thessalonians as the elect because God worked mightily through the apostles.
What I believe the underlined words might refer to:

"power" => God's manifestation through healings and miracles (Luke 8:46)

"the Holy Spirit" => God's presence, while the apostles preached, and in laying on hands for them to receive the Spirit

"deep conviction" => many of them turned away from idols and wholeheartedly were convicted of their sins, the text continues how they became example to many believers in faith and totally turning away from serving idols
Half of translations have "assurance". Either way I think this refers to their conviction, strong faith in their heart that God is true.

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Nehemiah6

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What does this mean?....1 Thess 1:5 For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance
1. "in word only" -- The Gospel is the power of God unto salvation to them that believe. The Word of God itself is a living Word.

2. "also in power" -- While the apostles preached, they confirmed the divine origin of the Gospel with signs, wonders, and miracles. God's power was manifested through miracles.

3. "in the Holy Ghost" -- the working of the Holy Spirit was evident in both preacher and hearers. It could also mean that large numbers were converted.

5. "in much assurance" -- the testimonies of the Thessalonians after conversion indicated the firm assurance of salvation, and that the Holy Spirit had worked mightily among them. The evidence would have been in transformed lives.