I'm going to ask you what link you are attempting to make in those points--and the testimony linking walking in the light--with His Blood unto the forgiveness of sins?
1 John 1:7---King James Version
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
How do you feel it contradicts the scripture above? (if you do) What is your reasoning for those points?(I think they are good questions--I just don't see what your point is--please explain that for us, because I want to focus in on the point where the scripture links walking in the light with His Blood--and how it fits Lutheran theology)
Why won't you answer my simple questions about Eph. 2?
Because Ephesians 2 isn't going to answer why the Biblical writers connected walking in the light with His Blood.
Bonnie--let's approach this in another vein.
One has to either collate the entire Biblical witness--as a whole--or admit it isn't a reliable source of truth. I believe it harmonizes.
So--let's explain how we collate Ephesians2--and 1John1:7 together.
My explanation--when Paul references "works" in Ephesians2--that is a reference to certain rituals in the Mosaic Law--not walking in the light of the gospel.
1 Corinthians 7:19---King James Version
19 Circumcision is nothing, and uncircumcision is nothing, but the keeping of the commandments of God.
Although I believe there are other points to discuss concerning "works"---how do you collate Ephesians2--and 1John1:7--as 1John1:7 defies Lutheran theology.