At James 2:26 What is the spirit does it die, and what are the works?

In the book of James 2:26 we read, Indeed, as the body without spirit is dead, so also faith without works is dead. NWT

NLT

Just as the body is dead without breath,[a] so also faith is dead without good works

Amplified Bible

For as the human body apart from the spirit is lifeless, so faith apart from [its] works of obedience is also dead.

KJ

For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also

The Greek pneu′ma (spirit) comes from pne′o, meaning “breathe or blow,” and the Hebrew ru′ach (spirit) is believed to come from a root having the same meaning. Ru′ach and pneu′ma, then, basically mean “breath” but have extended meanings beyond that basic sense.

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  • Elijah
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    As you said, ru′ach and pneu′ma have extended meanings beyond the basic sense that you described.

    The words may also represent the life-giving force from God that animates the human soul or person. For instance, at the start, when God created Adam in Eden and blew into his nostrils “the breath [form of nesha·mah´] of life,” it is evident that, in addition to filling Adam’s lungs with air, God caused the life-force, or spirit (ru´ach), to vitalize all the cells in Adam’s body. (Gen. 2:7; Also see: Ps. 104:30 and Acts 17:25.)

    It is clear that Gen. 6:17; 7:15, 22, refers to the ru´ach, or life-force, as being not only in humans but ALSO in animals and so is therefore impersonal. Ecclesiastes 3:18-22 supports this by showing that man dies in the same manner as the beasts, for “they all have but one spirit [weru´ach], so that there is no superiority of the man over the beast”. So plainly, the life-force is common to both. It could be comparable to electricity...another invisible force...which is used to make various types of machines operate—yet does not take on any of the characteristics of the machines in which it functions or is active.

    Ecclesiastes 12:7 states that at death the person’s body returns to the dust, “and the spirit itself returns to the true God who gave it.” The person himself was never in heaven with God; what “returns” to God is therefore the vital force that enabled the person to live.

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    James 2:26 is referring to Job 34:14-15.

    Without the Holy Spirit, we would all be dead.

    The breath of God is the Holy Spirit (Job 33:4).

    Every person has the Holy Spirit for living.

    Also, God is Omnipresent. The Holy Spirit exists in all, but that doesn't make all God since the argument is refuted by this analogy:

    A glass jar filled with water. Is the glass jar water? Certainly not!

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  • 1 decade ago

    The "spirit" is the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit is the third person of the Trinity, the eternal God. The spirit does not die. If a person does not have the Spirit, he or she is dead, either spiritual or phyically.

    The "works" are acts of charity and love that are part of living the Christian faith. A faith that does not incorporate works of charity does not save a person. It is talk, but no action.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Jesus did not say that everlasting life can be earned. Life, even our relatively brief life in this system of things, is a gift. We cannot purchase it or do anything to deserve it. The only way we can receive the gift of everlasting life is to “put our faith in Christ Jesus” and in Jehovah, “the rewarder of those earnestly seeking him.” (Gal. 2:16; Heb. 11:6) Nevertheless, faith must be demonstrated by actions, since “faith without works is dead.” (Jas. 2:26) Hence, when we further meditate on Jesus’ question, we would do well to consider seriously how much we are willing to give up in this system of things and what we are willing to do in Jehovah’s service to demonstrate that our faith is truly alive.

    By way of example you are travelling at a high speed on the freeway. Suddenly you see a tree that fell into your path.

    You may BELIEVE that your vehichle will stop in time, however that BELIEF is not enough. Action is required on your part. Unless you vigerously apply the brakes, you are heading for a smash.

    Source(s): Q.E.D
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  • cheir
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago

    The body without the spirit is indeed dead - as it says in Romans 8:9; 'However, you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God dwells in you. But if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ,he does not belong to Him.'

    Can't do any works if you don't have this.

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  • Don
    Lv 6
    1 decade ago

    The spirit only leaves the body at death. Faith without works means real true faith bears fruit, you can't call an apple tree an apple tree if the fruit it bears are lemons.

    Remember that when God created Adam He breathed into his nostrils (Gen... 2:7).

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  • 1 decade ago

    It's about the body, not the spirit. Works are acts, deeds, doing good. If you don't do good you are going to hell. Yes, I preach WORKS:

    [God] who "will render to each one according to his deeds", eternal life to those who by patient continuance in doing good (being upright, honorable) seek for glory, honor, and immortality; but to those who are self-seeking and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness -- indignation and wrath, tribulation (affliction, trouble) and anguish (distress, dire calamity), on every soul of man who does evil... but glory, honor, and peace to everyone who works what is good... For there is no partiality (no respect of persons) with God (meaning it doesn't matter who you are). For as many as have sinned without law (without the knowledge of law, to live ignorant of law and discipline) will also perish (to be given over to eternal misery in hell) without law... - Romans 2:6-12. Note: This is not about the O.T.law. It's about the moral law of discipline. It explains that ignorance is no excuse.

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  • 1 decade ago

    It means christians cherry pick the bible to find the most convenient way to live, just believe in jesus etc.

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  • 1 decade ago

    it means you have to do good deeds, help others...if your faith is real, this must come naturally...

    what good is faith if it's not expressed by good deeds ?!

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