Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto maturity; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God... Hebrews 6:1
DEAD WORKS in Greek is Nekros Ergon.
Nekros (dead) comes from the primary word Nekus (a corpse).
Ergon means the things we do, our deeds.
We are to repent of DEAD WORKS and do LIVING WORKS, works of faith. If we are spiritually a dead corpse we will do dead works – the works which dead people do.
If we are ALIVE in Christ by faith we will do living works, the works which those who are raised from the dead do, the works which He does.
This term DEAD WORKS is very insightful. It doesn’t necessarily define such works as inherently bad or evil, but as DEAD – that is, non-productive, useless, a waste of God’s time, and giving no glory to Him.