June 21, 2021

Athanasius in "On the Incarnation" (early 4th C. A.D.)

 "What, then, was God to do?  What else could He possibly do, being God, but renew His image in mankind, so that through it men might once more come to know Him?  And how could this be done save by the coming of the very Image Himself, our Savior Jesus Christ?  Men could not have done it, for they are only made after the Image; nor could angels have done it, for they are not the images of God.  The Word of God came in His own Person, because it was He alone, the Image of the Father Who could recreate man made after the Image ...."