Now all these things happened unto them for examples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. 1 Corinthians 10:11
The prophet Ezekiel told the people to look at God's pattern and measure the pattern of their lives accordingly:
A Biblical pattern is a spiritual model or example given in Scripture for purposes of imitation. For example, the life of Jesus Christ is given as a pattern or model which believers are to follow.
A Biblical principle is a spiritual truth taught in Scripture. Such principles often incorporate underlying principles which apply to many different situations. For example, one Biblical principle taught by Jesus is "Give and ye shall receive." Its subordinate truths apply to giving money, material goods, friendship, etc. In each of these, spiritual benefits are received as a result of the act of giving.
'For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but, they measuring themselves by themselves and comparing themselves among themselves are not wise.
For not he that commendeth himself is approved, but whom the Lord commendeth. II
All this, said David, the Lord made me understand in writing by his hand upon me, even all the works of this pattern. (I Chronicles 28:19)
Brethren, be followers together of me, and mark them which walk so as ye have us for an ensample.
Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; . . . (Hebrews 6:1-2)