John Gill – On The Initial Quickening
Yet this instrumentality of the word in regeneration seems not so agreeable to the principle of grace implanted in the soul in regeneration, and to be understood with respect to that; since that is done by immediate infusion, and is represented as a creation; and now as God made no use of any instrument in the first and old creation, so neither does it seem so agreeable that he should use any in the new creation: wherefore this is rather to be understood of the exertion of the principle of grace, and drawing it forth into act and exercise; which is excited and encouraged by the ministry of the word, by which it appears that a man is born again; so the three thousand first converts, and the jailor, were first regenerated, or had the principle of grace wrought in their souls by the Spirit of God, and they were directed and encouraged by the ministry of the apostles to repent and believe in Christ; whereby it became manifest that they were born again.
(John Gill. A Body of Doctrinal and Practical Divinity. Page 534 of the 1950 Turner Lassetter reprint.)