Actually, I don't believe this passage is talking about the spirit but rather the soul. Look at the King James translation . . .
Originally Posted by Alyssa S
According to your reading here, we could not live if we are dead spiritually. However, before accepting the Lord Jesus Christ we are all dead spiritually and separated from God according to Ephesians 2:1-3. However, we all still have a soul, which is our mind, our will and our emotions.
And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul
"What you do does not define who you are; it's who you are that defines what you do."
-- Dr. Neil T. Anderson