Created: August 9th, 2016
The underlying motive for striving after humility wasn't a desire to enter into God's grace, but the urgency of a sinner to put himself first, last, and always. Luther said it was "plainly insane" what he'd been taught, that a man had the ability to love God above all things and with the help of grace, obey the commands. He referred to his teachers and those who believed such things as "fools" and "pig theologians."
Martin Luther received his license to enter doctoral studies in 1512. He swore on oath on the Bible to teach true doctrine and stand strong against false teaching. Then a wool cap was set on his head and a silver ring was slid onto his finger. Luther began lectures on Genesis three days later.
During his lectures on the Psalms and Romans, the Righteousness of God had finally gotten hold of Luther—and it wouldn't let him loose. Like two sheepdogs, God's righteousness in Christ, freely given in the preaching of the Gospel, pursued and herded Martin Luther day and night. It was all he could focus on. The old wineskins of Medieval theology, which taught righteousness is what we achieve in ourselves in pursuit of godly obedience burst at the seams from the new wine of Christ's righteousness, for that righteousness is completely outside sinners, bestowed only by God's declaration of the sinner as righteous for Christ's sake.