There is one image. God imparted His image (selem Elohim) to humankind in Genesis 1:27. That image--a tripartite image comprised of intellect, emotion, and will--resides in both regenerate and unregenerate humanity. Though marred by sin, that image of God in all humanity is still capable of reasoning, feeling, and choosing; it's just that our reasoning, feeling, and choosing are all influenced in ways not approved by God. Our thinking has become corrupt, our affects have become fleshly, and our volition has become self-centered. No one is exempt from the corrupting influence of sin (Ps 53:1-3; Ro 3:23).
The good news is that God, before the foundation of the world (I Pe 1:20), had a plan to restore that very same image in the human species. That restored image would still reflect the image of God, but it would also reflect the image of Jesus, who is, always was, and forever will be God--God the Son.
"Before Abraham was," Jesus said, "I am" (Jn 8:58),
indicating clearly to the Jews who refused to believe in Him that He identified Himself with the God who commissioned Moses to announce freedom to his fellow Hebrews enslaved in Egypt by telling Moses to tell the sons of Israel,
"'I AM' has sent me to you" (Ex 3:14).
No wonder the Jews of Jesus' day took up stones to stone Him (Jn 8:59): Jesus claimed to be Jehovah God, and by doing so was guilty, the Jews thought, of blasphemy, a sin worthy of death (see Le 24:14,23).
So then, there is one image, but that image is uncorrupted or corrupted or restored to incorruption. We find
the uncorrupted image in Adam and Eve before their fall from grace;
the corrupted image in unregenerate humanity after our first parents' fall from grace;
and the restored image in regenerate humanity beginning with the new birth.
While I will not venture into a discussion on the biblical, albeit controversial, doctrines of election and predestination--the latter of which is really a pre-determined destiny for those who believe in the Son of God, I will say that the process of restoration in regenerate humanity is just that: a process, one which begins at conversion.
Some theologians call it sanctification, a process well attested to in Scripture (see Jn 17:19; 1 Th 4:3; 1 Pe 1:2; 2 Th 2:13). Our sanctification in the absolute sense that believers have received the righteousness of God in Christ at their conversion is assured (2 Co 5:21). Our sanctification as a process, while occurring in fits and starts, is also assured but will be completed only when we are glorified in heaven (Ro 8:30).
The distinction between our spiritual standing, on the one hand, and our spiritual state, on the other hand, is apropros in this regard. The former is irrevocable and thus predestined (Ro 8:29). The latter is subject to the battle between flesh and the spirit (see Ro 7:14-25), and we Christians sometimes win the battle, but sometimes we lose.
That is why John said in his epistle,
"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and righteous to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness" (1 Jn 1:8,9),
" . . . we have an advocate with the Father: Jesus Christ the righteous (1 Jn 2:1),
who on the basis of His cross-death pleads our case with the Father, reminding Him, as it were, that His death and the blood He shed at Calvary will forever be a covering for sin. Love truly covers a multitude of sins (Pr 10:12; 17:9; 1 Pe 4:8; Ja 5:20).
In conclusion, there is one image of God, but the same image can be in uncorrupted form or corrupted form. The corrupted image can be un-corrupted, as it were, and can take on the image of the One who bears the "image of the invisible God" and in whom "all the fullness of Deity dwells in bodily form" (Co 1:15; 2:9). This transformation begins at conversion and is completed only in heaven.
The corrupted image of God in those who refuse to obey the gospel of God (2 Th 1:8,9; 1 Pe 4:17) follows them into eternal punishment with no chance of ever being restored. All of humanity is given only one chance to have the image of our great God and Savior imparted to them, and that is during their brief sojourn on earth. As "unfair" as this might seem to some people--even some Christians, being IN Christ is the only way to have God's image restored in us who obey the gospel of God. In truth, not one of us deserves to be transformed into Jesus' lovely image, but that is why
" . . . by grace you have been saved through faith, and that is not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; not as result of works, so that no one may boast" (Ep 2:8,9).