“We are enthroned with Christ. Christ is already represented as “set as God's own right hand in the heavenly places“ (Eph 1:20). We sit there representatively, because our Head is there, and therefore we are, though still on earth as to our practical calling and life, citizens of heaven (Php 3:20). We are guided by the laws of heaven; our hearts are cheered by the hope which, as an anchor, is fastened within the veil, and we now by faith enter the holiest of all by the blood of Jesus,. We are even now “kings and priests“ (Rev 1:6). We are justified in regarding our future glorification as only a continuation of our present spiritual life. The guarantee of both is alike in Christ. Meanwhile, though representatively in heaven, we are personally and atually here. Sin is hear; we are to watch and fight against in; but “our life is hid with Christ in God,“ only hereafter to be manifested in full glory“. - TC. “Sit“ ( a transitive verb meaning the verb is applied to more than one object). sýn (a primitive preposition, having no known etymology) – properly, identified with, joined close-together in tight identification; with (= closely identified together). kathizó: to make to sit down, to sit down. The emphasis is not a physical orientation but rather an identification. When two or more sit together an identity is forged. . “I saw so-in-so with such-in-such. They must be like they re and doing what they are doing.“ Is what we are prone to say. This was certainly true of Peter in Luke 22:55. In this verse is the only other place where that Greek word is used. . Peter certainly was identified by Christ because of the three years of sitting with Him but then at the trial of Christ, Peter sought to identify himself with the mockers and haters of Christ for fear of man. Introduction. A New Identity in Christ. Our identification in Heavenly places. “Heavenly places“ indicates that of the spiritual realm and not just the place called Heaven. . To God the Father, we are in Christ. . To Christ, we are in Christ. . To the Holy Spirit, we are in Christ. . To the angels, we are in Christ. . To Satan and his devils, we are in Christ. . Our identification is in Christ. Christ did not provide this identification for us but this is a work of God the Father. Our identity became that of “in“ Christ by God Himself and not by man nor Christ. With Christ, our identity is so engrained into Christ that He rightly calls us His body with Himself as the Head. . Our identification in Christ in the ages to come. The Masquerade. The Christian falsifying their identity in Christ. Peter certainly was identified by Christ because of the three years of sitting with Him but then at the trial of Christ, Peter sought to identify himself with the mockers and haters of Christ for fear of man. Introduction. Peter, that night, denied Christ and went out and wept bitterly. Peter's weeping was spawned by his own denial of Christ. . Deny: to affirm that one has no acquaintance or connection with someone. It is a turning “away from“ for the purpose of rejecting and forsaking. . This denial was turning away from his identity in Christ. In the heat of the moment, in his flesh, Peter attempted to change his identity. The lost person's masquerade/impersonation. The martyrs of centuries past gave their lives not merely for a religion but for an identity. That identity was “in Christ”. They would rather have died identifying with Christ than to live unidentified with Christ. A true Christian finds their identity in Christ and not organized religion or even unorganized religion.