Acts 10 Lesson

Fear God and keep His commandments

God does not care what we look like.

God does not care what color skin we have.

God certainly does not care what country we live in.

As Peter put it:

“God is not one to show partiality, but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him.” – Acts 10:34-35. 

According to this scripture, the people that God will welcome are the people that:

  1. Fear God.
  2. Keep His commandments.

We will look at these one at a time.


Is this meant to be taken literally? Are we really supposed to fear God?

The short answer is yes. Consider the following scriptures about fear of the Lord:

  • “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; Fools despise wisdom and instruction.” - Proverbs 1:7.
  • “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil; Pride and arrogance and the evil way, and the perverted mouth, I hate.” - Proverbs 8:13.
  • “Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in  hell.” - Mathew 10:28.
  • “The conclusion, when all has been heard,  is fear God and keep His commandments, because this  applies to every person. ” - Ecclesiastes 12:13.
  • “Let all the earth fear the Lord; Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.” - Psalm 33:8.
  • “The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom; A good understanding have all those who do His commandments.” - Psalm 111:10.

People have long understood the concept of both positive and negative reinforcement. Motivation in all areas of life can come in the form of a “carrot” or a “stick.”

Is it the hope of heaven that motivates us, the fear of hell, or both? If we are honest, the answer for most of us is both.


Peter said:

“God is not one to show partiality, but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him.” – Acts 10:34-35. 

If the man who does, "What is right," will be welcomed by God, how do we define what is right?

Do we follow our gut and do what “feels right?” Not according to the book of Proverbs:

“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death.”

Do we follow what the world says is important? The answer is no. As Christians, our definition of right and wrong needs to start and end with the Holy Scriptures.  Consider the following verses:

  • “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what  is  that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. ” – Romans 12:2.

  • Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” – Colossians 3:2.

  • "If you love Me, you will keep My commandments." - John 14:15.

The bottom line is this, if we want to please God, we must do things His way, not our way.

That starts with a solid foundation in what the scriptures mean. Paul wrote to Timothy:

“Be diligent to present yourself approved to God as a workman who does not need to be ashamed, accurately handling the word of truth. ” – 2 Timothy 2:15.

And it ends with turning our faith into actions that glorify God.

  • “Even so faith, if it has no works, is  dead, being  by itself. ” - James 2:17.
  • But someone  may well  say, “You have faith and I have works; show me your faith without the works, and I will show you my faith by my works.” -James 2:18.

For more on what the Bible has to say about keeping God’s commandments, click on the link below.

Virtual Bible Study's Discussion Forum on Keeping the Commandments of God in a Sinful World

We will conclude today’s lesson by revisiting Peter’s words from Acts 10:34-35:

“God is not one to show partiality, but in every nation the man who fears Him and does what is right is welcome to Him.” – Acts 10:34-35. 

Thank you for studying with us today!  Please join us again tomorrow as we look at Acts 11.  We will be studying about how God’s word is written for all people.  May God’s blessings be upon you until then.  Amen



Fearing the Lord means understanding that I will be disciplined for bad decisions and that I will be judged.

A healthy fear of God is a good thing and it is mentioned throughout the Bible as chronicled in today's lesson.

Some people have interpreted "Fear the Lord" as having a healthy respect for the Lord. I do not see it that way. God is capable of sentencing us to eternal damnation. That should be a very frightening concept for us, and should help to keep us on the straight and narrow path that leads to salvation.

Fear of the Lord needs to be balanced with an understanding of his awesome love, grace and mercy.

Jesus is referred to as our, "Savior". That is because He saved us from our sins and allows us to be close to our Father, even though we all sin and come up short.

As Solomon put it Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, "The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil."