Instituted by God

"Baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit."
Instituted by God
Since Baptism is a divine act in which God Himself participates and since it is attended by the three exalted Persons of the Godhead, it must be prized and honored. One must agree that Baptism was not invented by any man but was instituted by God. It is not plain water but has God's Word in it and with it; and this transforms such water into a soul bath and into a bath of rejuvenation. . .. We have discoursed amply on . . . the glory of Baptism. We have emphasized that it must not be viewed as plain water which any cow or horse might drink but that the dear Trinity, together with all His beloved angels, is present. It is a divine and heavenly water in which God Himself is at work, cleansing us from sin, saving us from eternal death, and giving us life eternal. This is the way true and pious Christians view Baptism, and no one can take it away from them.

From Sermons on the Gospel of John, Chapters 1-4(Luther's Works 22:174, 181)
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