I was raised in a quiet hard-working loving family. My parents were fundamental Christians and raised us children to believe in God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Bible. There was no Holy Spirit and no personal Jesus that I recall, but only a wrathful God waiting to punish the non-performers. I’m sure others perceived all this differently than I did. I left that religious community in my early teens.
When I was around 20-21 years old I had a true conversion experience to Jesus Christ, meaning I had a revelation of Jesus as the Son of God, which come only by the power of the Holy Spirit. John, an apostle, wrote: “By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist” (1 John 4:2-3). And Paul, another apostle, wrote: “No one can say, “Jesus is Lord” except in/by the Holy Spirit.” (1 Corinthians 12:3)
The image I held then and hold now is of the incarnational Christ. It is difficult for me to have any image, or symbol that speaks anything divine to me. It is only the incarnate Christ causing me to become incarnational myself that any kind of God image is produced. I see the Father more as a function or presence than a person, same with the Holy Spirit. Without the humanity of Jesus, I find little symbol of anything divine. These images were basically self-discovered by revelation and were not passed on to me by pastor, priest or prophet, or culture. I would say that culture, and church culture, might pass on a very different image than the one I described.
(Answer to a 2009 question about my early days)
“For this is the will of my Father, that everyone who looks on the Son and believes in him should have eternal life, and I will raise him up on the last day.” Jesus