John 6:28 Then they said to Him, "What shall we do, that we may work the works of God?" 29 Jesus answered and said to them, "This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He sent." The word "work" in "work of God" is "ergon" in the Greek. It is translated deed, doing, labour, work. It is an accomplishment. Naturally, the Arminians/Pelagians are going to find a way to wriggle out of this one, but these verses seem to offer no option other than these two possibilities: 1. It is the work of God, not man, to believe. 2. Since the word implies an accomplishment, this would be a stretch, but the Arminian/Pelagian might argue that -- in answer to the question "what shall we do?" -- Jesus is saying "the work required by God is that you believe. The former explanation harmonizes perfectly with scripture. We are saved by grace through faith, and that [faith] is the gift of God, not of works, so that no one can boast. The latter explanation would make the act of believing a work. In that case grace is no longer grace and we earn our salvation by doing the work of believing, giving us reason to boast.