So how do you abide in Christ ?
You have to set the mind.
You set the mind on what?
You set the mind on Who?
You set the mind on the human spirit where the Spirit of Jesus is.
The Spirit of Jesus comes to indwell the innermost spiritual being.
The Christians has to learn, by patience, by practice, how to find his human spirit (where the Spirit of Christ lives) and SET the mind on the Spirit in our spirit.
" For the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the spirit is life and peace." (Romans 8:7)
You have to learn to live setting your mind on the mingled spirit. What is the mingled spirit? What do I mean by "the mingled spirit" ?
I mean the human spirit that has been born again where the capital S Spirit of Christ lives. And you have to SET the mind ON that mingled spirit - where Jesus is mingled with you.
Huh? If you are one who has asked Jesus into your heart then your human spirit has been JOINED to Christ. One part of your being is God.
I said, if you are joined to Christ then one part of your being is united to God and is God living in you. Right here.
"He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit" (1 Cor. 6:17)
No arguing today now. He who is JOINED to Jesus Christ is "one spirit"
with Jesus Christ. The human innermost part has become JOINED to the Lord to be "one spirit"
in union, in mingling, in uniting with the Lord Jesus.
It is this realm to which the believer must learn to SET THE MIND ON - The mind set on the mingled spirit is divine life and peace.
This Spirit of Christ Who is one spirit with the Christian is the Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ, and Christ Himself. I said this Spirit who has been joined to the believer's spirit is Christ Himself. He is Christ. It is Christ.
"But you are not in the flesh but in the spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. Yet if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ he is not of Him. But if Christ is in you ... (Rom 8:9,10a)
The Spirit of God in the Christian is Christ in the Christian.
This alone is worth a trillion dollars. No it is of infinite value.
The Spirit of Christ in the believer is Christ in the believer.
The Spirit of God in the believers is Christ in the believer.
To set the mind on the regenerated spirit where the Spirit of Christ in "joined"
to the believer is to let Christ lead in all matters of living.
This takes learning.
This takes patience.
This takes practice.
This takes much fellowship with other Christians also.
This takes endurance and returning TO practice again AFTER many times from being distracted away. To set the mind on the mingled spirit is to live Christ and allow Christ to live in us.
This is the practicality of "Abide in Me and I in you"
Latter we will see how two other matters are crucial in the practice of setting the mind on the spirit - the Word of God and the mouth of the believer.