More from Lutheranism 101, forthcoming from CPH…
Simply put, Baptism is the application of water to a person in the name of the Holy Trinity—the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. Plain water is truly used in this Sacrament, but it is not plain water alone.
Our Lord Jesus Christ, following His death and resurrection and just before His ascension, gave the Church the gift of Holy Baptism:
So it is that the water of Holy Baptism is used according to Jesus' command and combined with the name of God and all that name stands for. This God-given reality changes everything about this particular application of water.
What Does Baptism Do?
In his Small Catechism, Martin Luther provided a concise explanation for us:
To learn more about what Lutherans believe and teach about Holy Baptism, check out the book Lutheranism 101.