How is water used in Holy Baptism?

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What is Baptism? Baptism is not simple water only, but it is the water comprehended in God’s command and connected with God’s word. What is that word of God? Christ, our Lord, says in the last chapter of Matthew: Go ye and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.

In Baptism water is not used in the natural way, for it is connected with God’s Word. Luther: “Baptism is nothing else than a divine water; not that the water in itself is nobler than other water, but that God’s Word and command are added.”