John 1:17 – “For the Law was given through Moses; grace and truth were REALIZED through Jesus Christ.”
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
Most translations of John 1:17 say grace and truth “CAME” by (or through) Jesus Christ as if Grace or Truth didn’t exist before Jesus. It is not that Grace didn’t exist in the Old Testament; it is that we couldn’t receive God’s Grace.
God has always had Grace toward humanity; he was never angry with us; the problem was with us.
Grace means Favor or Approval.
The gospel is not an invitation to accept Jesus into our hearts; it’s a proclamation that God has accepted us & His APPROVAL in on us.
Adam’s sin (error) broke the relationship (separation) between God and us.
The sacrifice of Jesus demonstrated God’s love and goodwill for us and corrected the break (sin) in our relationship with God.
The act of dying on the cross by Jesus has forgiven (healed) every human being: past, present, and future. This unconditional forgiveness (GRACE) means there is no longer a break in the relationship between God and us. Everyone is forgiven (healed from sin), but not everyone has “realized” it or is experiencing it.