Not so fast my friend, not so fast with your conclusion.
I know that actually they are used in the same sense in both in John 6:29 and Ephesians 2:8,9. Ephesians 2:8,9 later, but first let us consider John 6:29 and the context from which we find those words recorded for us.
While I agree with you that faith is a work, I do not believe John 6:29 teaches this but would use such scripture as this one to proving that position:Using faith as a work of the law is without question taught by Jesus in Matthew 23:23, but not so in John 6:28. Let me prove my point as clear as I can, which may not be good enough for some people, some it will, most it will not. "This is the work of God"~When we have prepositional phrases like this, the context must determine the sense for us. The words, work of God, could be God doing the work, or, the words may mean man working for God as you are beliving.
That is a common take on the passage. It is interesting that you speak about context. To the very point of context, it is in direct answer to the question put forth by those in the crowd listening to them. This event follows after the feeding of the five thousand (v.10) and the account of Jesus' walking on the water (v.19). The crowd sought him out and when they found him they said to Him, "Rabbi, when did you come here?" (v.25)
The account about work then follows:Jesus answered them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, you are seeking me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not labor for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures to eternal life, which the Son of Man will give to you....." (John 6:26-27).
This answer is clearly directed at the crowd and discusses what it is that they are to do, i.e., the work they must do. Jesus is not talking here about work that God does or that He needs to do. Seeing that the subject of eternal life is in play, the question that comes from the crowd is (KJV) What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? (v.28).
There can be no doubt what they were asking. I like the way the NIV has framed verse 28: "What must we do to do the works God requires?"
And this from translators who by and large promote Faith Alone soteriology. Clearly they were asking what they needed to do, not what God needed to do. Jesus' answer is the straightforward answer to their question. He said, (KJV)"This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent."
Jesus is telling them that the work that they must do is for them to believe in Jesus. This is not something God does. It is without question something that they must do. And it is not working for God; it is working that brings them eternal life. Now that is the context.
If we read the WHOLE DISCOURSE and the rest of the teaching in this chapter , then there is no question that Jesus is speaking about God's works in the regeneration of the sinner in drawing him to himself!
Actually in the rest of the WHOLE DISCOURSE there is not one word of WORK, WORKS, or REGENERATION as such.
The discussion that follows continues to deal with the aftermath of feeding of the five thousand and speaks in the context of food, i.e., bread. Jesus said, speaking of Himself, "the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world."
To this, they in the crowd said to Jesus, "Lord, always give us this bread."(v.34)
Jesus' answer to their request was "I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst." (v.35)
Clearly the recipient of this bread is, according to Jesus, whoever comes to me
and "whoever believes in me"
So then any way you cut it coming to Jesus and believing in Jesus are the requirements, the conditions, for the life He gives to the world.
RB, you can turn all of this around and try to call it something that God does, but that is counter context. And the rest of your post is just that, totally against the context.
I know that you are fond of the John 6:44 and following. It is interesting that you have to insert phrase "(THE WORK OF GOD)" in particular places to swing the discussion. But the simple fact is that everything that follows speaks to what Jesus told the crowd they, not God, must do, i.e., the "work" which they must do:"whoever believes has eternal life" (v.47)
"one may eat of it and not die" (v.50)
"If anyone eats of this bread, he will live forever" (v.51)
"Whoever feeds on my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life" (v.56)
"whoever feeds on me, he also will live" (v.57)
"Whoever feeds on this bread will live forever" (v.58)