The Sacrament of Holy Baptism continued
Thirdly. How can water do such great things?
It is not the water indeed that does them,
but the Word of God which is in and with the water,
and faith which trusts such Word of God in the water.
For without the Word of God the water is simple water,
and no Baptism.
But with the word of God it is a Baptism, that is,
a gracious water of life and a washing of regeneration in the Holy Ghost,
as Saint Paul says, Titus, chapter third:
According to His mercy He saved us
by the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Ghost,
which He shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ, our Savior,
that, being justified by His grace,
we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.
This is a faithful saying.
Tertium. Qui potest aqua tam magnas res efficere?
Aqua certe tantas res non efficit,
sed verbum Dei, quod in et cum aqua est,
et fides, quae verbo Dei aquae addito credit.
Quia aqua sine verbo Dei est simpliciter aqua et non est baptismus,
sed addito verbo Dei est baptismus, hoc est,
salutaris aqua gratiae et vitae
et lavacrum regenerationis in Spiritu Sancto,
sicut Paulus ait ad Titum:
Secundum suam misericordiam nos salvos fecit
per lavacrum regenerationis ac renovationis Spiritus Sancti,
quem effudit in nos opulenter per Iesum Christum, Salvatorem nostrum,
ut iustificati illius gratia heredes efficeremur iuxta spem vitae aeternae.
Filedis hic sermo est.