Ioften see this battle between the two sides concerning works of thelaw, Works of the flesh, and good works vs. works of faith.
Ihave found that those who believe in salvation by faith alone, do notseem to be able to comprehend the difference between the two kinds ofworks. In fact, I have yet to see them understand what works of faithreally is about or how it works.
Youcannot lump Eph 2:8-9 together with James 2. They clearly are nottalking about the same thing. Paul is not talking about works offaith but about being saved by the works of the law, whereas James istalking about works of faith, and not works of the law.
Worksof the law have to do with self righteousness through the person'sgood works, based on the laws of does and don'ts of God's word. Basically working ordoing good works to be good enough or righteous enough to obtainsalvation or the right to go to heaven.
Onthe other hand, James, Heb, and Paul in Romans 10: 8-10, are talkingabout works of faith to justification.
Aswe all know, works of the law do not lead to justification, but thebible is very clear on the fact that faith with corresponding worksor action(s) leads to justification. Just as faith withoutcorresponding action render faith useless or dead, so correspondingactions without faith is dead.
Thebible use of the word, believe, is notinthe sense that noactionis required.
Theword, faith, is a noun, where the word, believe, is a verb. Where anoun is a person, place, or thing, a verb is an action word.
Thereis onlyonekind offaith thatpleases God and moves His hand, and that is the God kind of faith.
Itworks the same way for and on everything.
Havingsaid that, if salvation is by believing only in or on the name ofChrist, then the same kind of believing will cast out demonicspirits, or get yourself or loved ones healed.
Justtry to doing either of those things by simply believing.
Iguarantee, absolutely nothing will happen.
Thesame is true concerning salvation.
An example of this would be confessing Jesus as your personal lord and savior, verbally. When that is done, according to Paul, salvation is made.
Speaking or confessing Jesus as lord and savior is what the bible calls a work of faith. It has nothing to do with good works or works of the law. It is a work of faith.