EBREWS 11 is one of the tallest mountains on the landscape of Scripture. If there is any chapter that is aimed at the salvation and continued service of the elect, it is this one. Most notably, this chapter is full of Old Testament examples of men and women who believed God's promises, and who were thereby accepted by God Himself. From Abel to Sara, from Moses to Rahab, from Samuel to all "the prophets" – all are listed here as believers who through faith were able to please the Almighty God of the Bible. It is quite a "Who's Who" of biblical characters and the evidence of their spiritual confidence (in God, not in themselves). It is not an exhaustive list though. There are some great people of faith who did not get their names in this "Faith Hall of Fame" but whose lives make the same point. And, that point is that living by faith is the only right and wise way to live. It is the way to obtain a good report.
These righteous characters obtained their righteousness by faith, and they are witnesses to the fact that every human should proceed in faith in every situation. Faith is the key to everything eternal (Hebrews 11:1). Faith is the key to understanding truth (Hebrews 11:3). It is the key to our relationship with our Maker (Hebrews 11:6). It is the key to obtaining those things that God has promised to give us (Hebrews 11:13). Faith is the key to heaven's gates (Hebrews 11:14-16), the key to our value as a person (Hebrews 11:38) and the key to success in life (Hebrews 11:39). Faith is the key to perfection, to salvation, to life and death. In coming to God, the skids of God's mercy and grace are greased by faith.