“You know what happens when a portrait that has been painted on a panel becomes obliterated through external stains. The artist does not throw away the panel, but the subject of the portrait has to come and sit for it again, and then the likeness is re-drawn on the same material. Even so was it with the All-holy Son of God. He, the Image of the Father, came and dwelt in our midst.”
from On the Incarnation by Athanasius
What was the canvass but the human soul?
What was the image renewed but our likeness to the Imago Dei?
What was the means of renewal but metanoia (noetic repentance), in which one beholds the light of God in God’s image. For we “with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord are being transformed into the same image” (2nd Cor. 3:18)