When the term 'salvation' has two meanings, we should expect differences as long as the two parties discussing it are talking over each other, the one assuming that the other's meaning of "salvation" is the same as theirs.Specifically are works necessary to salvation or the natural product of salvation?
To avoid the confusion, the two meanings should be identified and the user of their respective definition should specify what they are talking about so others are clear on where they are coming from.
[Placing the number (1) after the use of the word 'salvation', 'saved', 'save' etc will indicate the author is referring to definition 1. Placing a (2) after those words will be understood that the author is referring to definition 2.]
Definition 1) that state of having come to realize that the Bible is true concerning Jesus dying for our sins, at which time in accepting that, and desiring to have forgiveness, the person is immediately saved by virtue of that faith, nothing else being required. Repentance, baptism or any other work (besides the work or action of believing) is then understood to be works following salvation and not works required for salvation. This is often synonymous with eternal security (once saved always saved) so that even if the person is a thief at the time of their death, or whatever, they will still inherit eternal life because they have believed.
Definition 2) After having understood that Jesus died for their sins and that he requires things from the believer in order to enter into that state of being saved; the believer obeys those things and finds the promise true that they do in fact have a born again experience and are a new creature, having been changed by the power of regeneration by the Holy Ghost. Being saved here is synonymous with being changed and yielding to God and not being like they were before becoming saved.
This is diametrically opposed to eternal security; understanding that being saved is a present tense use, with the ultimate state of inheriting an incorruptible body like the angels, dependant on if we endure to the end. That is, if we allow the Holy Spirit to continue to have his way til death and not rebell and fall, let's say into being a thief up to our death in the end, under which situation we will not be saved in the end even though at one time we had been saved.
Thieves, will not inherit the kingdom of heaven.
Like adulterers or murderers or idolaters etc.
So back to the question at the top of the page:
If this author means salvation (1), then of course, under that understanding of being saved, then works are the natural product of salvation and only the work of believing is "necessary to salvation", all other following works having nothing to do with either acquiring or losing it.Specifically are works necessary to salvation or the natural product of salvation?
If I read the above question with my understanding of salvation as definition (2), then works, repentance and baptizm and receiving the Holy Spirit are necessary for salvation AND works following after being saved are also the natural product of salvation.