To be a Christian means to be a follower of Jesus Christ, not just a believer. We can only follow Jesus if we experience Him for real. Those who are born again of the Spirit of God experienced Jesus Christ in their spirit, because those who are being led by the Spirit of God they are the children of God. Many people believe in Jesus but they do not follow Him. They cannot follow Him because they are not born again.
If we believe in Jesus Christ and we obey His words, His commands; if we repent and we are baptized in water, then we are born again and we experience Jesus. We hear His voice and we see Hs kingdom in our spirit. Our spirit is brought to life because God is spirit and we can only have communion with Him in the spirit. The person who is not born again of the Spirit of God cannot understand the things of God, cannot understand the kingdom of God, He cannot see the kingdom of God and He does not experience Jesus.
Many believers are not born again. They read the scriptures and they try to live according to the scriptures but they are not born again. At heart they are sinners, at heart they are enemies of God because they have never submitted themselves to Jesus. They have never become real in their relationship with Him. They do not know Him. Many of them are Bible teachers, and preachers, but they have no relationship with Jesus and they cannot follow Him because they do not know Him. You cannot follow Jesus from a book of rules, from reading the Bible, and listening to other people, you need to be led by the Spirit of God. Jesus gives his spirit in those who obey His gospel, His words, those who are serious with Him, those who truly believe and those who seek His guidance, those who seek Him for real. He manifests Himself to them. They hear His voice in their spirit, they serve Him in their spirit, and only they can follow Jesus Christ. We have to follow Jesus Christ every day until the very end to enter His kingdom. If we are not born again of the Spirit of God we cannot experience Jesus, we cannot follow Him. We need to have that born-again experience, where our spirit becomes alive to the Spirit of God so that we can have communion with God, and we only get that experience when we humble ourselves before Jesus, and we repent, obey His words, are baptized in water. He will reveal Himself to us if we obey Him. He will come and live in us and with us. He will guide us and He will teach us and we must follow Him every day until the very end. Those who are being led by the Spirit of God they are the children of God.
Are you a child of God? Are you being led by the Spirit of God? Do you know Jesus Christ for real? Do you follow and obey Him every day?
May Jesus bless you.