Reading in Hebrews recently, I noticed again an important verbal and conceptual link:
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. 2 For by it [faith] the elders obtained a good report.
Hebrews 11:39 And these all, having obtained a good report through faith, received not the promise:
By noting that the writer of Hebrew begins and ends this glorious chapter with the same statement, we can be certain that he intends to highlight the truth that all the “heroes of the faith” spoken of in this chapter obtained a good report by faith! Let us do the same.