1. Galatians 5:24 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

When did Christians crucify the sinful nature with its passions and desires?

Galatians 5:24 (ESV)

24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

The crucifixion in view most likely parallels with what Paul said previously in Galatians 2:20, in which case it refers to what happens when someone is converted.1 Believers made a conscious choice to align themselves with Jesus Christ and turn their backs on the sinful nature with its passions and desires.2 A radical change has taken place, though the sinful nature has not yet been fully removed (see Galatians 5:17; Romans 7:7–25). There is a need for daily cross bearing, putting to death the sinful nature (see Romans 8:12–13).3