A. In this way: Christ instituted this outward washing1 and with it gave the promise that, as surely as water washes away the dirt from the body, so certainly his blood and his Spirit wash away my soul’s impurity, in other words, all my sins.2
A. To be washed with Christ’s blood means that God, by grace, has forgiven my sins because of Christ’s blood poured out for me in his sacrifice on the cross.1 To be washed with Christ’s Spirit means that the Holy Spirit has renewed me and set me apart to be a member of Christ so that more and more I become dead to sin and increasingly live a holy and blameless life.2
A. No, only Jesus Christ’s blood and the Holy Spirit cleanse us from all sins.1
Everyone has a worldview. And every worldview has to deal with a key issue: the origins of good and evil. This is the perennial question of our existence and no one can escape it.
What is particularly noteworthy is that when Lewis and Tolkien developed their fictional worldviews—the worlds of Narnia and Middle Earth—they based them not on materialism nor dualism but on Christian theism. These are fictional worlds that once started out completely good and then were later corrupted by evil.
And here is the catch. Without a Christian theistic worldview providing the foundation for their fictional stories, Lewis and Tolkien’s cherished works would have lacked the very thing that makes them so compelling: the triumph of good over evil. This triumph only makes sense if there really are good and evil, and you can identify which is which.