You believe that there is one God. Good!
Even the demons believe thatÂand shudder.
John 3:16 also talks about belief. In fact, it is the same greek word for believe that is used here, as it is in John 3:16. Yet the belief that John describes leads to eternal life. What is the difference?
It is simple, really. James is talking about believing that there is a God. You can believe that Christ died on the cross, you can believe that God created the world, you can believe that the Bible stories are all true, but if you do not take that belief and put it in God, then it is useless. The belief that brings eternal life is the belief that changes every aspect of you. You have placed every confidence within God himself. And the only way that we can observe this is through a changed life... deeds... works. They are the evidence.