Luther on Baptism Against the Anabaptists

"We were born from Adam and Eve, unto this life.   Thus the same old man would be born in sin and unto death, and need to be born again unto righteousness and everlasting life by the power of the Holy Spirit….   Therefore do not look to the hand and mouth of the minister who only takes water, and speaks a little word [Matthew 28:16-20]!   That alone is but a slight action which fills only one’s eyes and ears, and indeed does nothing as far as blind reason is concerned — except that baptism is constituted according to the Word and work of God Who, truly, is the Baptizer!   That is why it also has such power, as the Holy Spirit testifies through St. Paul [Romans 4:11 & 6:3-14 and Colossians 2:11-13 etc.]….