[quote="ChrisCath, post:6, topic:281187"]
Are you referring to intellectual assent, aka 'belief'? And is this distinguished from a free gift of grace which can manifest as faith?
Intellectual assent can be a part of faith. Faith is not dependent on it, however, since it is a supernatural gift. For example, a baptized infant or mentally handicapped individual possesses the gift of faith without intellectual assent. Intellectual assent by itself is not faith.
All the merits? And how does one avoid the conclusions that faith is all that is necessary for salvation? (Or is that meant/implied by sola fide?)
Because salvation is more than justification. Justification is a part of salvation. Regeneration, sanctification, and glorification are equal parts of salvation. Sola fide only refers to justification.
Is it fair to say that it is not present in such a situation? (ignoring cases where there may not be time or ability for it to appear/mature/etc.)
In what situation, sorry?
Is it important to distinguish between fruits that are brought forth as a natural consequence of true faith AND "fruits" that are brought forth because we ought to behave so?
Inasmuch as without faith, works that are done which we perceive as good are, in God's eyes, not good at all in a spiritual sense. "Without faith it is impossible to please God."