The Calvinists teach that "regeneration" precedes "faith" so let us examine the following verse which is speaking about "regeneration": "...even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved). (Ephesians 2:5). In his commentary on this verse Calvinist R.C. Sproul says: "The key phrase in Paul's Letter to the Ephesians is this: '...even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace have you been saved)' (Eph. 2:5). Here Paul locates the time when regeneration occurs. It takes place 'when we were dead' " [emphasis added] (Sproul, Regeneration Precedes Faith). Now let us look more closely at the verse: "...even when we were dead in sins, hath made us alive together with (syzōopoieō) Christ, (by grace ye are saved)" (Eph.2:5). Here the Greek word syzōopoieō is translated "hath made us alive together." The Greek word syzōopoieō is made up of two words, zōopoieō and syn. The word zōopoieō means to "make alive, give life" (Thayer's Greek English Lexicon). The word syn means "with, besides, accompany...a primary preposition denoting union" (Thayer's Greek English Lexicon). So when a person is regenerated he is made alive together with Christ or placed in union with Him. The following verse desribes that union we have with the Lord Jesus and it also describes the life we enjoy when we are made alive together with Him: "And this is the record, that God hath given to us eternal life, and this life is in his Son" (1 Jn.5:11). That life which we are made alive "together" with Him is described as "eternal life" and no one receives eternal life until he believes: "Yet for this reason I found mercy, so that in me as the foremost, Jesus Christ might demonstrate His perfect patience as an example for those who would believe in Him for eternal life" (1 Tim.1:16). That is the same "life" spoken of by the Apostle John in the following verses: "And many other signs truly did Jesus in the presence of his disciples, which are not written in this book: But these are written, that ye might believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name" (Jn.20:30-31). So when we understand what is said at Ephesians 2:5 we can know that no one is regenerated or made alive together with Christ until faith is exercised. Therefore the Calvinist are in error when they teach that regeneration precedes faith.