At new birth, we receive new clothes. We were all dressed in the filthy rags of sin, stained by our wrong actions but Jesus provides the robe of righteousness for us.
Many people misinterpret what it means to have Christian understanding. God wants us to use our mind, directed by Scripture and guided by the Holy Spirit, and to live our lives for His glory.
We are no longer chained to the old life; we have been made new in Christ Jesus. This is the born again experience. God makes you a new person.
Nicodemus had everything that most men strive for authority, status, prestige, and money in the bank, but there was something missing. He needed to know God. If you want a new start for 2017, the only way is by New Birth.