Ephesians 2 is one of the primary proof-texts often cited by Calvinists for regeneration preceding faith (apparently because it mentions being spiritually ‘made alive’ without using the word ‘faith’ in the same sentence).
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive [suzwopoieÑw] together with Christ – by grace you have been saved – and raised us up [sunegeiðrw] with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus….” (Ephesians 2:4-6)
While reading the scriptures, I noticed that his letter to the Ephesians wasn’t the only place Paul expounded upon the theme of our being raised with Christ. Compare the structure and wording in Colossians 2,
“In him also you were circumcised with a circumcision made without hands, by putting off the body of the flesh, by the circumcision of Christ, having been buried with him in baptism, in which you were also raised [sunegeiðrw] with him through faith in the powerful working of God, who raised him from the dead. And you, who were dead in your trespasses and the uncircumcision of your flesh, God made alive [suzwopoieÑw] together with him, having forgiven us all our trespasses….” (Colossians 2:11-13) [emphasis mine]
The Colossians passage, clearly expounding upon the same subject as that in Ephesians, includes an additional piece of detail concerning how we’re raised unto life together with Christ.