Matthew 10:26 "So have no fear of them, for nothing is covered that will not be revealed, or hidden that will not be known. 27 What I tell you in the dark, say in the light, and what you hear whispered, proclaim on the housetops. 28 And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and body in hell. 29 Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? And not one of them will fall to the ground apart from your Father. 30 But even the hairs of your head are all numbered. 31 Fear not, therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows. 32 So everyone who
acknowledges me before men, I also will acknowledge before my Father who is in heaven, 33 but whoever denies me before men, I also will deny before my Father who is in heaven.
Three times in this passage of Scripture we are told not to fear and one time we are told to fear. Let's go over who we are not to fear. We are told in verse 26, 28 not to fear "them" and "those". "Them" and "those" refer to the people who persecuted the followers of Christ. Jesus was referring to the wolves of Matthew 10:16-18 who were Jews turning over disciples of Jesus to be flogged in the synagogues; the family members of Matthew 10:21 who deliver their family members who follow Jesus over to death; all the people hating Jesus' followers spoken of in Matthew 10:22. Jesus commands us to have no fear of these people, any people who persecute followers of Jesus, even to the point of putting them to death. Note: Today in our world thousands of people are put to death because they are followers of Jesus.
We are not to fear because our heavenly Father will one day reveal the cruel acts committed against the followers of Jesus and judge the people doing them with eternal torment. We are not to fear because we are highly valued by our heavenly Father and He knows about everything happening to us. He has equipped us with His Holy Spirit, with everything we need for life and godliness, with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms, with the fruit of the Spirit and with His very great and precious promises that include eternal life and temporal provision (2 Peter 1:3-4; Ephesians 1:3; Galatians 5:22-23; John 3:16; Matthew 6:33).
We are to fear our heavenly Father, who has the power to destroy both soul and body in hell. Our fear of God drives us to His love. "For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16
Romans 8:32 "He who did not spare his own Son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things?" Romans 5:6 "For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly." God has proven already that He will provide all we need for eternal and abundant life at just the right time by giving His son, Jesus, to pay the penalty for our sins by His death on the cross. We have no need to fear what man can do to us because of what our heavenly Father has already done for us.