"BORN OF THE SPIRIT"
For those who believe Jesus Paul's inspired words show that receiving the Holy Spirit is a vitally important experience. His question, "Did you receive ..."? shows they are distinct.
Obviously, believing comes first:
"... as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name:
who were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God," John 1'12-13.
It is beyond doubt that those who believe in His name are born of God, being born again. Jesus pointed this out saying, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit," John 3'6.
These new Believers, along with all Believers who have not done so, are encouraged to become receivers.