Gibbs, Jeffrey A. “Matthew 10:26-31: Do not Be Afraid!" Matthew 1:1-11:1. St. Louis: Concordia Publishing House, 2006, pp. 527-532.
Gibbs acknowledges that many hardships await Jesus' missionaries. Yet in Matthew 10:26-31 Jesus says, in forceful terms, that those he sends do not need to fear (Gibbs 2006, 528). Though they will suffer, they cannot come to eternal harm. Gibbs notes the opponents will fail in the last day, when truth is seen clearly (Gibbs 2006, 529). The very most persecutors can do will not remove Christians from their standing with God.
Gibbs engages in a brief discussion of 10:28 and the distinct yet intertwined nature of body and soul. God is presented as the only one who can destroy both body and soul (Gibbs 2006, 530). However, though even a human can destroy the body, it is not to be devalued, as in Gnostic and Greek philosophical thought (Gibbs 2006, 531). God cares about the body to the extent of knowing every sparrow and the hair on his people's heads.