Heritage - Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words

Heritage

[ 1,,G2820, kleroo ]
primarily, to cast lots" or "to choose by lot," then, "to assign a portion," is used in the Passive Voice in Ephesians 1:11, "we were made a heritage," RV (AV, "we have obtained an inheritance"). The RV is in agreement with such OT passages as Deuteronomy 4:20, "a people of inheritance;" Deuteronomy 9:29; Deuteronomy 32:9; Psalms 16:6. The meaning "were chosen by lot," as in the Vulgate, and in 1 Samuel 14:41, indicating the freedom of election without human will (so Chrysostom and Augustine), is not suited to this passage.

Vine's Expository Dictionary of New Testament Words