Summarizing the first two meanings, symbiosis refers to the union of dissimilar organisms to gain mutually beneficial results. Webster’s Collegiate Dictionary, Tenth Edition, p. 1194.
Christian discipleship offers the perfect example of symbiosis, with Jesus and we united. He, the eternal I AM made Flesh, we mortals fleeting as a mist. He, the Only Begotten Son of the Father, we the product of sexual passion between men and women. He, full of grace and truth, we of anger and lies. He, by Nature God, we by nature objects of wrath. He, the Image of the Invisible God, we the image of human mothers and fathers. He, “in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge,” Colossians 2:3, we ignorant of and unwilling to learn from him. He, focused solely on doing God’s will, we a congeries of ambitions—like General Lafayette, concerned only with gaining glory, or like the Rich Fool, only on acquiring possessions, or like Jeff Bezos, acquiring as many companies as rapidly as possible, etc.
Now...the conclusion of the matter. How can such dissimilar persons exist in a mutually profitable relationship? By the GRACE of God in Christ. “Both the one who makes men holy and those who are made holy are of the same family. So Jesus is not ashamed to call them brothers” Hebrews 2:11. And we...objects of that Grace...can believe in Jesus, follow Jesus, obey Jesus and BE IN Jesus RIGHTEOUS, by his declaration, not by our achievement! Amen.