Luther on Baptism Against the Anabaptists

"I shall and will not risk…depending on who a minister is, or what he believes.   But in order that my baptism be certain — I want to look at its Establisher, and listen to what His Word and command is!   The minister must indeed be there, and extend his hand and mouth to

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it.   But I would not be pointed to the visible [human baptizer], but to the invisible Baptizer Who established and ordained baptism….

"God supplies the minister, be he whatever he may….   He [the minister] does not baptize in my name, nor in that of Peter or Paul [cf. First Corinthians 1:13-16]…but in the Name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.   It is Thereinto that I see the baptizee baptized…or sprinkled with water!   Thus, I know that such is a correct baptism.   For Scripture clearly testifies this….   For here it is God the Father and the Son and the Holy Ghost Himself Who baptizes.