Biblical Church Government – Part 1

However, the idea does indeed seem to relate to man's various appointments and functions in the service of God (the Father and Son and Spirit).   The Triune God created Adam as His image (King and Prophet and Priest), and appointed him to mirror His Own divine activities by Adam functioning in his own creaturely way as a human being.   Genesis 1:1-3,26-68 and Ecclesiastes 7:29.

The Second Adam, Jesus Christ, reflected that same image in His Own humanity.   First Corinthians 15:22,44-45 and Second Corinthians 4:6.

Christ-ians, as they become increasingly conformed to the image of Jesus Christ, are restored to what man was before the fall (Genesis 1 to 2 and Psalm 8 and Hebrews 2:5-8) — and redeemed from what man became by the fall (Genesis 6:5 & 8:21 and Ephesians 4:24-28).   They are also renewed to what man should become, in spite of the fall (Romans 8:29 and Colossians 3:10 and Second Corinthians 3:18).