Romans chapter four should cause Christians to stand up and pump their fists in the air!
“And therefore it was imputed to him for righteousness…But for us also, to whom it shall be imputed, if we believe on him that raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead.”
This means our salvation is a done deal! Our righteousness has been imputed (put on our account) to us! The word imputed is a term of reality. There is no wavering or staggering (4:20), it is simply fact.
Have you believed in Jesus? You are righteous. You don’t feel righteous? Who cares how you feel. God has imputed righteousness to you–this is the incredible, nearly unbelieveable yet glorious promise of “Jusitification by Faith”.
Because of this there is joy that comes from faith (chapter 5).
And not only has justification been imputed, we are sanctified (set apart, made holy), and made free from sin. We serve a great God.