Meditation and the Holy Spirit by WGT SheddWhat the Bible says about Godly Meditation through the Word
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While regeneration is a sovereign act of God according to election, it is an encouraging fact both for the sinner and the preacher of the word that God’s regenerating grace is commonly bestowed where the preparatory work is performed. This is the rule under the gospel dispensation. He who reads and meditates upon the word of God is ordinarily enlightened by the Holy Spirit, perhaps in the very act of reading or hearing or meditating: “While Peter yet spoke these words, the Holy Spirit fell on all them which heard the word” (Acts 10:44). He who asks for regenerating grace may be regenerated perhaps in the act of praying. God has appointed certain human acts whereby to make ready the heart of man for the divine act. Without attentive reading and hearing of the word p 781 and prayer, the soul is not a fit subject for regenerating grace. By “fitness” is not meant holiness or even the faintest desire for holiness, but a conviction of guilt and danger, a sense of sin and utter impotence to everything spiritually good. Such an experience as this “breaks up the fallow ground,” to employ the scriptural metaphor (Jer. 4:3; Hos. 10:12). When the Holy Spirit finds this preparation, then he usually intervenes with his quickening agency. The effect of prevenient grace in conviction is commonly followed by special grace in regeneration; the fact of the outward call is a reason both for the sinner and the minister of the word for expecting the inward call. Yet regeneration, after all the preparation that has been made by conviction and legal illumination, depends upon the sovereign will of God: “The wind blows where it lists, so is everyone that is born of the Spirit” (John 3:8). Regeneration rests upon God’s election and not upon man’s preparative acts, upon special grace and not upon common grace.
WGT Shedd, (2003). Dogmatic theology. (A. W. Gomes, Ed.) (3rd ed., pp. 780–781). Phillipsburg, NJ: P & R Pub.