Hello Bonnie. I appreciate your thoughts on this matter. "Good works" you quoted is found in Eph 2:10. We are in Romans Ch's 3 & 4. These are different thoughts on different subjects in different books. The works that Paul discusses in Rom 4 is clearly the works of the law from his earlier conversation (Rom 3:28). In my view Paul sees salvation as a process that faith and works play roles albeit different roles. Faith brings about justification. This is not the ending of the salvation process. Works are necessary after justification (Rom 2:6-8, 6:1-7).That could be, and of course, you like it. But in context, Paul means GOOD works, since he said in vs. 10, "for we are God's workmanship, created IN Christ Jesus for GOOD WORKS, which He has prepared in advance for us to do, so that we may walk in them."
GOOD works are the outcome, the by-product of a true and living faith. They do not save us, but are the result, not the cause, of faith in Christ Jesus our Lord. As Paul wrote in Galations 5:6, NIV: