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In Ephesians 2:6 we read, “And God raised us up with Christ and seated us with Him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus…” The passage goes on to explain that in future ages God is pointing to us as examples of His amazing grace so that all the world may see and understand His sovereignty.

There is an important phrase to be reckoned with in this verse: “in Christ Jesus.” When we receive Christ as Lord and Savior, we are henceforth identified as being “in Christ.” This phrase carries with it an entire paragraph of meaning. We have been made right with God (justified); God made Jesus—who knew no sin—to be sin for us so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Corinthians 5:21). God looks at us now as if, like Jesus, we have never sinned. From this point on, we are identified with Christ as far as God’s perception is concerned.

In His illustration of the “Vine and the Branches,” Jesus is telling us to remain in Him and He will remain in us (John 15). When we are baptized, we are also identified with Him. We call ourselves Christians because we are identifying ourselves with Him. The Bible tells us we are crucified with Him and resurrected with Him. We are forever identified with Him and hence the phrase “in Him” or “in Christ.”

Jesus paid the price so that we might receive life in His name, “in Him.” So, when God lifted Jesus up and seated Him at His right hand, and because we are identified with Christ, we also are seated at the right hand of God. Kind of incredible, is it not?

What does this actually mean for the believer? It means we are in the very presence of God. Our relationship with Him is personal, intimate, and loving. We have a place of honor in His heart, we can converse with Him continually, and we are safe in His loving arms. We have a relationship with God now that is far beyond any human relationship that we can ever experience on earth.

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