Although I can clearly see its Biblical precedent, it seems to be a
question that was not explicitly addressed until the Reformation.
This "doctrine of self glorification" can actually be found in the earliest Judaic writings:
"I have fashioned this nation for Myself, they will relate my praise" (Isaiah 43:21)
"You are my ...
Here is what the early Church Fathers have said about the heretics in Apostolic succession, i.e. Martin Luther.
Ante Nicene Fathers by Philip Schaff, p. 1061
Chapter III.—A refutation of the heretics, from the fact that, in the various Churches, a perpetual succession of bishops was kept up.
It is within the power of all, therefore, in every Church, who ...