First, we must accept the atonement; for we read in Heb. 9: 22, "without shedding of blood is no remission." So we see in this text that we must accept the atonement in order to get rid of sin.
Second, we read in Luke 13: 3 the words of Jesus, "Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish." So we see in this text that it is necessary to repent in order to get to heaven. And St. Paul tells us in II Cor. 7: 8-10 that repentance is a godly sorrow for sin. Now you will notice that these two things are essential, the atonement and repentance.
Third, we read in Heb. 11:6 the words of the great apostle as he says, "Without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him." We see faith is one of the essentials in order to get to heaven.
Fourth, we read in John 3: 3 the words of Jesus, "Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." So we see the new birth is one of the essentials, as we go up the scale toward heaven.
Fifth, in Heb. 12: 14 the apostle tells us that we must "follow peace with all men, and holiness without which no man shall see the Lord."
So these are the five essentials -- the atonement, repentance, faith, the new birth, and holiness. These are the five things that you must have.
Amen! I am in possession of them right now.
Robinson, Reuben A. (Bud). The Collected Works of 'Uncle Bud' Robinson (Kindle Locations 2706-2719). Jawbone Digital. Kindle Edition.