Famed Reformed author and theologian John Piper is usually very thoughtful and precise in his expression (I have been reading and listening to him for years now). So when one reads the following, via Twitter, perhaps judgment should be suspended until a broader context is provided.
“Election is unconditional, glorification is not. So the certainty that the elect will be glorified rests on God’s enabling.” Source
Piper’s tweet, as I’m reading it, seems contradictory. You see, Piper is a Calvinist. From start to finish the Calvinist believes that salvation is all of God. The why, “Election is unconditional, glorification is not”?
A Calvinist like Piper would turn to Romans 8:30 and say, “You see, all those who are predestined (the elect), are called, justified, and glorified.” Not one of the “predestined” will failed to be called, justified, and glorified–and this is all from God.
So when Piper says that “the certainty that the elect will be glorified rests on God’s enabling,” it begs the question: Doesn’t unconditional election rests on God’s enabling as well?
Unless Piper’s “God’s enabling” and “Unconditional election” (of which God is the agent) are in no way connected and means totally different things in Piper’s ordo salutis.