Exactly and Paul never taught of a workless salvation but only one that does not come by human works and which he also called "the works of the flesh".Yes no works, no faith, no salvation. The two go hand in hand together.
Its why faith alone, sola fide is not true. James makes it clear as does Paul above that faith without works is dead.
What proves whether one has true faith from God or not is whether God is doing his work in that persons heart and life and this was made very apparent to me the night that I was saved also.
For it was God who brought me to a brokenness in repentance and then opened my ears to his word and this is how I was saved and transformed immediately and I have never forgotten this either.
This is why I am so heavy on hearing the word of God from the Spirit, for there is a big difference between reading and studying the word and actually hearing it God breathed by his Spirit into the heart and without which one cannot even be saved or grow afterwards either.
For we must hear the rhema from beginning to end in our salvation, for that is how we continue to be transformed into the likeness of Jesus.
Romans 10:17 "Now faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God".