It is not said that ‘God made man in his image or likeness’, but that he made him in the image of God.

Sowhat is the other, this distinct image of God, in whose likeness man is made, except our Saviour who is the firstborn of all creatures?

[…] In the likeness of this image, then, was man made and for that very reason our Saviour, who is himself the image of God, was moved by pity for man.

For man had been made in his likeness; and yet he was seen to put off that likeness and put on instead the image of evil.

And so, moved by pity, our Saviour came to him, assuming the likeness of man…, taking the form of a servant, made in the likeness of man; and man he was found to be, through and through, as he humbled himself even unto death.

We who come to him, then, and strive to be made sharers in his image as we can understand it, are by our endeavour and our progress renewed inwardly each day in the image of him who made us; so that we may be made like the body of his radiance, his glory, each of us according to his capacity.

The Apostles remade themselves in his likeness; so much so, that he said of them: I am going to my Father and your Father, to my God and your God. For he had prayed to the Father for his disciples, that the original likeness might be restored to them, when he said: Father, grant that just as you and I are one, so they also may be one in us.

Let us therefore contemplate this likeness of God, that we may be remade on that pattern. For if man, having been made in God’s image, can be made, against his nature, to resemble the devil merely by looking on him, how much more, by looking on the likeness of God, in whose image he is made, will he receive through the incarnate Word both the virtue and the likeness, already given him by his nature.

Let no one despair on seeing that he is more like the devil than God: for he is yet able to recover even so his likeness to God. Our Saviour came to call, not the just, but sinners to repentance. Matthew was a publican and indeed resembled the devil; but by coming as he did to the incarnate image of God, our Lord and Saviour, and following him, he has been transformed in the likeness of God.

Origen Adamantius (c.185-254): Homilies on Genesis 1,13, from the Monastic Office of Vigils, Thursday of Week 28 of Ordinary Time, Year 2.