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As explained by Paul in Acts 19, John's baptism was an external ritual denoting repentance of sin, as symbolized by the old, sinful self being "buried" under water and then "resurrected" to a new relationship with God. Baptism in the name of Christ (although it may appear outwardly similar) goes beyond this by causing the individual who is baptized to be indwelt by the Holy Spirit and to become a follower of Christ.
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